Engaging Theology and Theological Education in the Majority World: Recognizing Visual and Symbolic Theology from the Akan People’s Illustrations

  • Kofi Amoateng Methodist Church Ghana
Keywords: Symbolism, Adinkra, Communication, Visual, Art


This paper argues that in the majority world the symbolic enjoys an important space in communication and in the construction of reality. Dr. Amoateng therefore recommends that theological education for the majority world recognize and emphasize the visual and the symbolic. He looks at the Adinkra symbols of the Akans of Ghana as a case study. This paper will point to the urgent need for visual and symbolic theological education for seminarians in the majority world, and it will also clarify the need for appropriate training of missionaries who will work in majority-world contexts.