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The Challenge of a Theologically Fruitful Method for Studying African Christian Ethics: The Role of the Human Sciences

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AbstractThere are attempts from different theological circles to keep the debate on inculturation ethics alive. Such attempts seek to contribute towards the development of inculturation ethics as an important area of study and its acceptance as a valuable source of Christian moral sensibility and practice. This essay joins the discourse by focusing on the methodological challenges involved in the study of inculturation ethics and proposes that a ‘critical appropriation’ of knowledge from the social sciences could yield a fruitful theological method for the study of African Christian ethics. Inculturation itself presupposes certain social scientific questions which cannot be ignored. The essay therefore suggests that the challenges and suspicions associated with attempts to adapt knowledge from the social sciences for the study of philosophical and theological questions dwindle in the face of the theological fruitful method that such an approach can generate.

Affiliations: 1: University of Cape Coast Ghana, Email: s.kofiappiah@gmail.com, URL: http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink

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2012-01-01
2016-12-06

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