Original Research - Special Collection: The Commercialization and Commodification of Theological Education

Africanisation as an agent of theological education in Africa

James K. Mashabela
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4581 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4581 | © 2017 James K. Mashabela | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 April 2017 | Published: 24 August 2017

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James K. Mashabela, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa

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This article focuses on the response of Africanisation to Western theological education in Africa, which has for centuries become a theological problem for the African context. In this 21st century, Africanisation is at the centre of the African discourse and focuses on the realities of our African context. Therefore, theological education in Africa should be Africanised in order to seriously engage the aspects of Africanisation. The struggle against colonial education was to ensure that Africa is liberated from unjust educational oppression, socio-economic oppression, poverty, racism, political oppression and gender injustice. In this regard, Africanisation is an agent to address the introduced Western theological education in Africa. Yet the two concepts, namely commercialisation and commodification, have an influence on theological education in Africa.


Africanisation; theological education; gender; liberation; Africa; commercialisation; commodification


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