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Title:Thinking in the scene of disaster: theology of Jean-Marc Ela from Cameroon
Author:Heijke, JanISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:liberation theology
biographies (form)
About person:Jean-Marc Éla (1936-2008)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254300X00058
Abstract:Although Liberation Theology has been pushed slightly to the background in the international theological debate, according to some theologians, developments within Liberation Theology are still going on. This paper focuses on the Cameroon Liberation theologian Jean-Marc Ela (born in South Cameroon in 1936) and his publications from recent years. He is considered to be one of the most prominent and critically-committed thinkers and Liberation theologians of West and Central Africa. Ela often refers to his own continent, to his own country and the region or city where he works. In his view, theology is unthinkable without being interwoven with the context of the one who practises it, and context is first of all determined socioeconomically. He sees Africa especially as the strangled continent, a desert as far as human rights are concerned, a gulag, where the army swallows up a considerable part of the State budget, and where the Head of State is surrounded by a presidential guard that is armed to the teeth. Furthermore, Africa is the continent with the most asylum seekers. African theologians should start from the idea that these marginalized 'pariahs of independence' are the pre-eminent experts on the real Africa. Notes, ref.