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The final judgment in African perspectives

Ignatius (Natie) W.C. Van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 2 | a358 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i2.358 | © 2006 Ignatius (Natie) W.C. Van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 September 2006 | Published: 17 September 2006

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Abstract

African churches show little interest in the notion of the final judgment. Various reasons for the lack of interest in this important aspect of biblical faith are discussed. Special attention is given to the problems of time and history as they manifest in African thinking. The idea of punishment as it is perceived in Africa also receives attention. The article looks at the biblical texts on the final judgment from an African perspective. African philosophy and spirituality facilitate a rediscovery of the joyful dimensions of this notion. One of the main arguments is that Africa should not experience insurmountable problems in embracing this aspect of the gospel. On the contrary: Africa can assist the ecumenical world to discover aspects of this message not yet disclosed. The article concludes with a discussion on the fate of the African ancestors.

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