Dr. Hans Madueme Joins Covenant Faculty
Dr. Hans Madueme has joined Covenant as an assistant professor of theological studies. Before coming to Covenant, Dr. Madueme served as an adjunct professor of theology and bioethics at Trinity Graduate School, and as a research scholar for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. From July 2010 until last month, he was the managing director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding and the associate director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Dr. Madueme holds a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an M.A. from Trinity Graduate School. He earned an M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine and a B.Sc. from McGill University. He has published numerous journal articles and reviews and is currently under contract with Baker Academic to co-edit a volume on the fall and original sin.
In considering the faculty position, Dr. Madueme read Covenant's philosophy of education statement. "I found an educational philosophy deeply rooted in the best theological commitments of the Reformed Christian tradition," recalls Dr. Madueme. "There was a remarkable wisdom and breadth to the pedagogical vision. I was simply stunned. The ideas were well crafted and fleshed out; I was left thinking, ‘if that College is anywhere close to what this document is putting forward, then who would not want to teach there?’”
This fall, among his other courses, Dr. Madueme is teaching a new class on global theology. “One of the books I’m assigning is by a professor at Penn State University called Philip Jenkins,” says Dr. Madueme. “He’s written some exciting and illuminating books on the church in the southern hemisphere (Latin America, Asia, and Africa). This particular book is chock-full of colorful narratives shedding light on what God is doing in the midst of a rapidly growing church. For students who aren’t familiar with these developments, reading Jenkins opens a window into a new and astonishing world. Here is an opportunity to learn from believers in other parts of the world, an opportunity to gladly receive all that is good, and true, and beautiful in non-Western theology; of course, we’ll also be thinking about areas that deserve concern and theological caution. Hopefully it’ll be an exciting class.”
Dr. Madueme views theology as more than esoteric, abstract scholarship for the intellectual elite. “The kind of theology I believe in is theology for the church,” he says. "To be sure, there is always the temptation to get swallowed up in academia, losing sight of the simplicity and practical urgency of following Christ. The best cure for that is to be teaching Sunday school, serving in the nursery, giving children’s sermons, and that kind of thing,” he says. “For then you realize this is not an academic game; it’s about people who are trying to live their lives before God, people who have all kinds of struggles, sins, and weaknesses. It’s brothers and sisters in Christ that theology is good for.”
Dr. Madueme will be formally installed, along with the six other new faculty members, at Convocation on Thursday, August 23, 2012.