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As below, so above: A perspective on African Theology

Arno Meiring
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 63, No 2 | a220 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v63i2.220 | © 2007 Arno Meiring | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 2007 | Published: 06 May 2007

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Arno Meiring, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

African theology can be understood as a theology from below – or rather, “as below, so above”. This phrase not only reflects the concept of ubuntu and the African partiality towards horizontal relationships, but may help explain African perspectives on shame and guilt, sin and reconciliation, liberation, the ancestors and eschatology. Subsequently, there seems to be some concurrence between African theology and Western postmodern theology. Although these theologies challenge traditional theology, and should in turn be scrutinized, they may offer useful and valid ways of thinking and speaking about God.

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