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African Theology in Its Social Context
     

African Theology in Its Social Context

by John O'Donohue (Translator), Benezet Bujo
 

Increasingly, theologians from non-Western lands demand that theology be done in a new, non-eurocentric way. First published in German, 'African Theology in Its Social Context', by one of Africa's most respected theologians, meets this challenge. Bujo takes traditional African values to the horizon of contemporary social issues: extreme poverty, mass

Overview

Increasingly, theologians from non-Western lands demand that theology be done in a new, non-eurocentric way. First published in German, 'African Theology in Its Social Context', by one of Africa's most respected theologians, meets this challenge. Bujo takes traditional African values to the horizon of contemporary social issues: extreme poverty, mass unemployment, rapid urbanization, changing family life. His underlying concern is for the African people and for the models they will choose for their society, their economy, their church.

Bujo begins with Jesus. Asking how Christ can be seen as an African among Africans, Bujo identifies Jesus as Ancestor — the One from Whom all life flows. He goes on to define distinctively African roles for the church, clergy, and lay people alike. From the standpoint of African legal and religious traditions — many far older than those of the Western church — Bujo describes pastoral approaches to such issues as death and marriage in Africa.

This original and challenging work shows how Africans need not change culture to be called children of God; and how, indeed, Christianity can become a source of fullness of life for Africans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597526166
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Benezet Bujo, a diocesan priest from Zaire, is a Professor of Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His other books include 'African Theology in the 21st Century' (2003) and 'Foundations of an African Ethic: Beyond the Universal Claims of Western Morality' (2001).

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