Emmanuel Katongole

Emmanuel Katongole

World Religions and World Church


Emmanuel Katongole earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain and a diploma in theology and religious studies from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Research and Teaching Interests

Katongole is an expert in the study of Africa, the theology of reconciliation and lament, and Catholicism in the global South.

Recent Publications

2017. The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for New Creation in Africa (Orbis, 2017): under contract; mss submission date: 10/2016
2017. Born from Lament: On the Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa (Eerdmans. Under publication: Release date April 2017)
2013. Stories from Bethany: On the Faces of the Church in Africa. Nairobi: Paulines Publications.
2010. The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
With Jonathan Wilsom Hartgrove. 2009. Mirror to the Church. Resurrecting Faith After Genocide in Rwanda. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan   .
With Chris Rice. 2008. Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. Winner of Christianity Today Annual Book Award.
2005. A Future for Africa: Critical Essays in Christian Social Imagination. Scranton: University of Scranton Press.
2002. Aftican Theology Today. Scranton: University Press.
2000. Beyond Universal Reason: The Relation Between Ethics and Religion in the Work of Stanley Hauerwas. Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press. 
Book Chapters:

2016. Things Which Can Only be Seen by Eyes that Have Cried: Towards a Political Theology of Lament in Grace, Governance and Globalization eds Martin G. Poulsom, Lieven Boeve, Stephan van Erp (T&T Clark, 2016):225-237.

2016. The Church of the Future: Pressing Moral Issues from Ecclesia in Africa,” in The Church We Want: African Catholics Look at Vatican III ed. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orabator (Orbis 2016): 161-174
2016. Reconciliation and the New Evangelization in Africa: An Excess of Love in the midst of Africa’s Turbulent Social History in François Boespflug & Emmanuela Fogliadini, eds . Le Missioni in Africa: La sfida dell’inulturazione. Emi. Bologna  2016: 173-194.
2015. Of Coffins and Churches: A Dangerous Ecclesiology, or 7 Marks of an Emerging African Ecclesiology, in E. Orobator (ed) The Church We Want: Foundations, Theology and Mission of the Church in Africa (Nairobi. Paulines Publications, 2015): 190-202.
2014. "Religion in Africa: A Curse or a Blessing: On Daring to Re-invent Christianity in Africa," in Theological Reimagination: Conversations on Church, Religion, and Society in Africa, ed. by Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobato, 199-210. Nairobi, Kenya: Paulines Publications Africa.
2013. "Apostolic Exhortation on Reconciliation Africae Munus," in Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation, ed. by Robert Schreiter & Knud Jorgensen, 66-78. London: Regnum Books International.
2012. "A Voice is Heard in Ramah: Lament as the Form and Shape of the Prophetic Imagination,” in Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination, ed. Jamie Gates & Mark H. Mann, pp. 117-132. San Diego: Point Loma Press.
“The Raising of Lazarus and the sites for African Theological Exploration and Engagement,” in Africa is Not Destined to Die: Signs of Hope and Renewal, ed. Ambrose John Bwangatto, pp 21-32. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa. 
2012. “Embodied and Embodying Hermeneutics of Life in the Academy: Musa W. Dube’s HIV/AIDS Work,” in Africa Biblical Hermeneutics, ed. Andrew Mbuvi, pp. 407-416. Atlanta: SBL Publications.
2012. “Violence and Social Imagination. Rethinking Religion and Politics in Africa,” in Religion, Conflict and Democracy in Modern Africa: The Role of Civil Society in Political Engagement, ed. Elolia Samuel K. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.
2011. “Afterword” in Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City by Mark Gornki. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
2011. "Threatened With Resurrection. Martyrdom and Reconciliation in the World Church," in The Body: The Past, Present and Future of Christian Martyrdom, ed. Michael Budde, 190-203. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
2017. Field Hospital: Heal Africa and the Politics of Compassion in Eastern Congo. Missiology. Jan 2017
The Gospel as Politics in Africa. Theological Studies 77/3: 704-720)
2014. "A Blood Thicker than the Blood of Tribalism: Eucharist and Identity," African Politics Modern Theology 30/2 (spring 2014): 319-325.
2014. "The Sacrifice of Africa: Ecclesial Radiances of 'A Different World Right Here' A Response to Anne Arabome, Elias Bongmba and John Kiess," Modern Theology 30/2 (Spring 2014): 421-430.
With John Mary Waliggo & Ben Ssettuma. 2013. "The Social Teaching of the Uganda Catholic Bishope: 1962-2012," The Waliggo 4/2 (July 2013): 7-50
2012. "Mission and the Ephesian Moment of World Christianity: Pilgrimages of Pain and hope and the Economics of Eating Together," Mission Studies 29/2:183-200.
2012. "Justice, Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Wake of Genocide: The End of Words," The Other Journal August 2012.


Emmanuel Katongole, a Catholic priest, has served as associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke University, where he was the founding co-director of the Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation. He is the author of books on the Christian social imagination, the crisis of faith following the genocide in Rwanda, and Christian approaches to justice, peace, and reconciliation. His most recent book is The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa.



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