Theology and reconstruction in Africa

Authored by: Julius Gathogo

The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138092303
eBook ISBN: 9781315107561
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The chapter sets out on the premise that Christian theology in Africa has reached its fifth stage, the Reconstruction Stage, even though there are other theological paradigms or motifs in postcolonial Africa (cf. to liberation, inculturation, gender-liberation, market-theology, and reconciliation among others). With post-exilic motif (reconstruction) being the most dominant, the need to focus on its genesis, methodologies, and concerns is critically important. Given this, this chapter seeks to demonstrate that a reconstruction, as an African theological motif, is an all-inclusive entity that seeks to philosophically and pragmatically address the African challenges of the 21st century without rendering other motifs obsolete. Thus, it is a theological trajectory that is all-embracing and at home with other theo-social motifs that informs African Christianity in the 21st century.

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