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The Ethical Redemption of African Imaginaire1 : Kä Mana's Theology of Reconstruction

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The purpose of this article is to introduce the work of the Congolese philosopher and theologian Kä Mana2 to the Anglophone audience. After an explanation of his use of the concept of imaginaire, his approach to the redemption of Africans' imaginaire from its present 'brokenness' will be explored. KM's proposal for a 'theology of reconstruction' will form the third part of the article. The deduction will be that in KM's project the ultimate objective of the theology of reconstruction in Africa consists in training 'anti-crisis human beings' who are equipped with new models of rational, ethical and spiritual convictions. This implies first the re-evangelisation of the institutions and structures that determine the existence of African societies today, and second the re-orientation of the global imaginaire of African people according to the fundamental vision of humankind that the word of God proposes through the revelation of a 'new reality' embodied by Jesus Christ.

Affiliations: 1: University of Cambridge


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