Postcolonial theology in Africa

suti-0000010Looking back and looking forward

Authored by: Tinyiko Maluleke

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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Modern African Christian theology as we have come to know it is a postcolonial phenomenon. More accurately, it was one of the spiritual and intellectual harbingers of postcolonial thought on the African continent. In the mid-1950s, the first stirrings of formal African theology emerged (Maluleke 1997). At that time, the winds of change were blowing across the continent. Already in the mid-1930s emerged the philosophy of Negritude—a philosophy of pride in and affirmation of blackness. 1

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