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The Word is life: African theology as biblical and contextual theology

Ernest van Eck
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 2 | a359 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i2.359 | © 2006 Ernest van Eck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 September 2006 | Published: 17 September 2006

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Ernest van Eck, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article reflects on the development of African theology from its beginning up to the end of the twentieth century. A critical assessment of this development and the current state of African theology is given. The future and possible shortcomings of African theology are also discussed. It is argued that for African theology to make a difference in a multi-cultural and multi-contextual Africa, it should consider being contextual and Biblical. For Christians the Word means life, is life, and promises life in its fullness. If African theology purports to be Christian, this should also be one of its premises.


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