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Harvey Sindima

Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Religion , 309C Lawrence Hall
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CTS, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Theological College, 1976; CPS, New College, Faculty of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, 1980; MDiv, International Theological Center, 1982; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1987


African philosophy and religions, philosophical hermeneutics, ethics, theology (methodology), African Christianity


Philosophical hermeneutics, African philosophy, theology, religion


  • Introduction to Religious Studies (University Press of America, 2009)
  • The Gospel According to the Marginalized (Peter Lang, 2008)
  • Reclaiming Christianity in the 21st. Century: Building a Spiritual Powerhouse (Africa Academy Press, 2007)
  • The Gospel According to John: A Devotional Commentary (Africa Academy Press, 2006)
  • God on Trial: A Commentary on Malachi. Chinese translation: Macau Theological Seminary, China, 2003)
  • Malawi's First Republic: An Economic and Political Analysis (University Press of America, 2002)
  • Education and Independence: Education in South Africa, 1658-1988. Simphiwe A. Hlatshwayo. Published posthumously. Edited by Harvey J. Sindima (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000)
  • Religious and Political Ethics in Africa: A Moral Inquiry (Greenwood Press, 1998)
  • Africa's Agenda: The Legacy of Liberalism and Colonialism in the Crisis of African Values (Greenwood Press, 1995)
  • Drums of Redemption (Greenwood Press, 1994)
  • The Legacy of Scottish Missionaries in Malawi (Edwin Mellen Press, 1992)
  • "Islamic Resurgence in Malawi" (Transformed: Malawian Theological Journal, 2009)
  • "Evangelism Job Number One" (Transformed: Malawian Theological Journal, 2009)
  • "Elements of Achewa Spirituality" (Ultimate Reality and Meaning: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding, 1990)
  • "Moyo: Fullness of Life. A Hermeneutic of the Logos in John's Prologue," African Christian Studies, Vol. 6, 4 (1990), pp. 50-62
  • "The Origin and Development of African Philosophy" (African Theological Journal, 1989)
  • "Community of Life" (The Ecumenical Review, 1989)
  • "The History of Independent Churches in Malawi" World Christian Encyclopedia, David Barrett, ed. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1982)
  • Articles in Africa Theological Journal (1991), Theologies for the Liberation of Life: Contemporary Approaches to Ecology Theology (1990), Accura Times (India), Journal of Black Studies (1990), The Ecumenical Review (1989), All Africa Conference of Churches Bulletin (1977), The Trumpet (1977)
  • Reviews in African Studies Review (1995); Journal of Religious Thought (1992); Chinese translation: Macau Theological Seminary, China, 2003)
  • Malawi's First Republic: An Economic and Political Analysis (University Press of America, 2002)


  • Africa: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia
  • Asia: China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, South Korea
  • Americas: USA, Canada, Brazil
  • Europe: British Isles, France, Germany, Netherlands

Professional Experience

Parish minister, Zomba Congregation; teaching fellow, Princeton Theological Seminary


  • The Harvey Sindima Academic Achievement Award by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 1998
  • ThD external examiner, General Theological Seminary, 1996
  • Outstanding Community Leadership Award, 1995
  • Editorial (reviewer) African Studies Review (1991-) and International Journal of African Historical Studies; sponsoring editor, Edwin Mellen Press 1993-
  • Phi Psi Teacher of the Year 1992