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The Quest For African Christian Women'S Identity

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This chapter argues that the search for meaning and identity in culture must be defined to include women's experiences. African Christian women find their identity in Christ, who they have recognized and experienced as the eternal Word of God, liberator and the hope of the whole world-African culture inclusive. Rituals are very important in African religio-culture. Most of these rituals favor African men and place women in oppressive positions. Women have been socialized to private, male-dependent roles in the church, and this has kept most women from exercising religious leadership. In their quest for identity, African Christian women seek parameters for identifying cultural elements that are life-affirming for women in Africa-whether they are validated by traditional Christian teachings or not. African Christian women find their identity in the liberation message that Jesus proclaims, in cultural hermeneutics, and in the Christ who recognized and affirmed women.

Keywords: African Christian; hermeneutics; Jesus; women's identity



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