Academics

David T. Ngong, PhD

Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology
131A Wynn Humanities & Fine Arts Center
(205) 248-3224
Dngong@stillman.edu

Bio

Dr. David Ngong is Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology at Stillman College. He is originally from Cameroon, Africa. He obtained undergraduate degrees in English and Theology from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, and the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, respectivley. He attended Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas, where he obtained the Master of Divinity Degree (summa cum laude). He obtained the Ph.D. in religion from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Before coming to Stillman College he was Lecturer of Religion and African Studies at Baylor University. Prudencia, his wife, is also from Cameroon and they live together in Northport, Alabama.

Research Interests

My research interest is in the area of theology and identity with particular emphasis on African Theology/Christianity. I investigate the various identities constructed by theologies in Africa with respect to how they influence the overall well-being of the peoples of the continent. My work is thus a theological and interdisciplinary attempt to define what is or should be African culture in our modern, globalized world.

Papers/Publications

Books
The Holy Spirit and Salvation in African Christian Theology: Imagining a More Hopeful Future for Africa, Bible and Theology Series edited by Knut Holter (New York: Peter Lang, 2010).

Theology as the Construction of Piety: An African Perspective (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, forthcoming)

Book Chapters
“Christianity in Africa,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions, ed. Elias K. Bongmba (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012), 208-219.
“Christianity and Christian Missions in Africa,” in Africa and the Wider World, ed. Hakeem Tijani, Raphael C. Njoku, and Tiffany F. Jones (Pearson Publishing, 2010), 229–246.

Selected Articles
“Theology as the Construction of Piety: A Critique of the Theology of Inculturation and the Pentecostalization of African Christianity,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology (Forthcoming)
“Stifling the Imagination: A Critique of Religious and Anthropological Normalization of Witchcraft in Africa,” African and Asian Studies vol. 11 no. 1-2 (2012): 144–181
“Rethinking the Other in African Christian Theology,” Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology 23 (2011): 53–95.
“The Theologian as Missionary: The Legacy of Jean-Marc Éla,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 136 no. 1 (March 2010), 4–19.
“Salvation and Materialism in African Theology,” Studies in World Christianity 15 no 1 (April 2009): 1-21
“In Quest of Wholeness: African Christians in the New Christianity,” Review and Expositor 103 no. 3 (Summer 2006): 519-40.

Book Reviews
  • The Social History of Christianity in South Africa, 1478 to 1994. CD-ROM. Cape Town: Research Institute on Christianity and Society in Africa, University of Cape Town, 2005. Journal of Church and State 51 no. 3 (2009): 528–530.
  • Megan McKenna. Keepers of the Story: Oral Tradition in Religion (Seabury Books, 2004), Reviews in Religion and Theology 13 no. 2 (March 2006): 259-262.
  • Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Beeds and Strands: Reflections of an African Woman on Chirstianity in Africa (Orbis Books 2004); Kwame Bediako, Jesus and the Gospel in Africa: History and Experience (Orbis Books 2004); Ka Mana, Christians and the Churches of Africa: Salvation in Christ and the Building of a New Society (Orbis Books 2004), Reviews in Religion and Theology 13 no 1 (January 2006): 122-123.
  • Jacob K. Olupona (ed.), Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity (Routledge 2004), Reviews in Religion and Theology 12 no 1 (February 2005): 13-17.
  • Luiz Carlos Susin and Maria Pilar Aquino (eds.), Reconciliation in a World of Conflict (SCM Press 2003), Reviews in Religion and Theology 12 no. 1 (February 2005): 88-91.
  • Stephen Ellis and Gerrie Ter Haar, Worlds of Power: Religious Thought and Political Practice in Africa (Hurst and Company, 2004), Reviews in Religion and Theology 12 no. 2 (April 2005): 266-269.
  • Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Introducing African Women’s Theology (Pilgrim Press, 2001), Review and Expositor 102 (Winter 2005): 166-168.
  • Edwin M. Yamauchi, Africa and the Bible (Baker Academic 2004), Reviews in Religion and Theology 12 no. 3 (June 2005): 355-358.
  • Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro, Introducing Feminist Cultural Hermeneutics: An African Perspective (Pilgrim Press, 2002), Reviews in Religion and Theology 11 no. 4 (September 2004): 477-479.
  • A Okechukwu Ogbonnaya, On Communitarian Divinity: An African Interpretation of the Trinity (St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 1994), Review and Expositor 100 (Fall 2003): 730-732.
  • Jean-Marc Ela, My Faith as an African (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1988), American Baptist Quarterly XXI  no. 3 (September 2002): 286-287.

PRESENTATIONS
  • “Christianity as Fertility Religion: Response to Prof. Benezet Bujo,” Celebrating 50 Years of Vatican II in Africa, Duquesne University (September 2012, forthcoming)
  • “Reading the Bible in Africa: A Critique of Inculturation Reading of the Bible,” National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee (May 2012)
  • “Rethinking the Other in African Christianity Theology,” International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, Postcolonial Studies Section, Oxford University, England (September 25, 2010).
  • “Rethinking the Other in African Christianity Theology,” American Academy of Religion, African Religions Group, Atlanta, Georgia (Sunday, November 31, 2010)
  • “The Global Impact of Africa’s New Christianity,” Global Lectures Series, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. (October 23, 2008).
  • “Material Well Being in the Soteriological Discourse of African Neo-Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity: The Legacies of African Traditional Religion,” American Academy of Religion, History of Christianity Section, Pentecostalisms in Africa: Histories and Theology (Chicago, November 2008).

Education

Baylor University - Ph.D.- Religion
Area of Concentration: Systematic Theology
Minor: Philosophy

Grants/Awards/Honors

Presidential Citation for Academic Excellence, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Kansas.
Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Outstanding Advisor, African Student Organization, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Courses Currently Taught

Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
The Reformation
Ethics
Liberation Theologies
African Religions and Philosophy
The Church and Human Rights