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Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa$
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Paul Gifford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190495732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495732.001.0001

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African Catholic Theology

African Catholic Theology

(p.125) 8 African Catholic Theology
Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa

Paul Gifford

Oxford University Press

African Catholic theology has tended to focus on inculturation, or the expression of Catholicism in African cultural forms, a project that this chapter argues is not without considerable internal incoherence. The Catholic Church (although sometimes co-opted by governments) has been sometimes known for political involvement to challenge governmental abuses, but this political thinking has tended to come less from theologians than from episcopal conferences; this chapter gives a brief overview of Catholic political involvement in Africa since Independence. The chapter argues that since the fall of communism and the demise of apartheid, there is need for a new agenda: Catholic theology needs to address contemporary needs of Africa like poverty eradication, education, ecology, food and water security, conflict management, creation of jobs and above all Africa’s marginalization in the face of globalization. This new theological agenda is only now taking shape.

Keywords:   Inculturation, Political theology, Liberation, Injustice, Co-optation, Marginalization, Globalization

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