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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Tradition, modernity and the future of African theology
Author:Ott, MartinISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Journal of Humanities (ISSN 1016-0728)
Issue:12
Pages:56-76
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Africa
Subjects:African theology
religion
theology
Traditional culture
Civilization
Abstract:It remains an ever present challenge to construct a contextual theology under changing conditions. But how can inculturation 'as the ongoing dialogue between culture and faith' be constructed? How can faithfulness to the past be combined with honesty to the present? What are the consequences for a new understanding of context in the process of cultural dynamics taking place in Malawi today, where modernity and globalization have started to be essential factors? In these reflections on the future of African theology, the author suggests approaching modernity and globalization in an ongoing process of internalization. It is the radical integration of the outside world into the human interior world and experience that finally enables a theological understanding. In challenging the African tradition from a Christian point of view, only a process of internalization will give the African world view and African values a chance to remain significant. The African Church has to come up with a meaningful theology that is relevant to the local in the global. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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