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Title:Reading the Bible in Africa: a critique of enchanted Bible reading
Author:Ngong, David T.
Year:2014
Periodical:Exchange: Bulletin of Third World Christian Literature (ISSN 0166-2740)
Volume:43
Issue:2
Pages:174-191
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:Bible
inculturation
cosmology
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543X-12341316
Abstract:This paper article seeks to challenge inculturation biblical hermeneutics especially when it stresses that the Bible be read to appeal to an African spiritual cosmology as opposed to a Western rationalist cosmology. Proponents of inculturation biblical reading claim that a relevant biblical interpretation in the African context should enable Africans to deal with issues arising from their belief in an enchanted world. This essay problematizes the focus on this enchanted cosmology and argues that the complex character of contemporary African identity makes it unhelpful to make firm distinctions between African and Western worldviews since the identities of both Africa and the West are mixed. It further argues that the African condition can be effectively addressed through interpreting the Bible in ways that encourage the development of the scientific imagination, which could lead to the development of science and technology and an improved standard of living for the people. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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