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Inculturation and Theology in Africa

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In this article James C. Okoye first speaks about inculturation as the mutual transformation of culture and understandings of the gospel. He then outlines some aspects of the inculturation process as it has been employed in Africa in the last four decades.. In a brief historical overview, Okoye speaks of three stages of inculturation in Africa: the stage of indigenization and adaptation, the stage of inculturation and liberation and the stage of contextualization. The rest of the article is devoted to outlining inculturation efforts in two crucial areas for African theology: salvation and christology. Salvation for Africans is more physical and ecclesial than spiritual and individualistic. A plurality of christological approaches exist in African and perhaps can be characterized as comparative, as systematic, as formed by the theology of liberation, and as arising from communal experience. Professor Okoye concludes with a brief overview of the Kairos Document from South Africa.

Affiliations: 1: Catholic Theological Union at Chicago


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