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The African Quest for Christ: Reimagining and Reconstructing African Christology

Graduate Research Grant
Grant Year
2018-2019

Religious and theological reflections in contemporary Africa that give rise to African Theology and specifically the African sense of who Christ is (Christology), are heavily influenced by an almost new culture and conceptual framework. For the longest time, this framework used to, but no longer refer or rely on African ancestral veneration system or African ecclesial inculturation. The rise of new practices and behaviors that affect the totality of the thinking and decision-making process, which include religious/faith behaviors, and its rationalization are a result of new social organizations of cultural differences (Barth. F, 1969). This is happening in African societies that for some decades now decades have experienced both planned and unplanned regional movements. The movements are due to war and refugee situations, brain drain which is a result of economic and political stability/instability as well as imbalance in educational privileges, and also societies in the process of integrating and settling former and present refugees in stable countries and communities. The result is formation of new and integrated social organizations and communities. These (newly integrated communities), whether caused by refugee situations or other social, political and economic movements/migrations, have become the hub for new cultural practices and have become the bird eye through which we view and evaluate contemporary social, political, religious and economic African worldviews. From their behaviors, a new African way of looking at faith and at Christ is adjucated.

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