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Issues of African Theology at the turn of the Millennium

tfviews Issues of African Theology at the turn of the Millennium1 Ben Knighton Ben Knighton is the dean of the Research Programme and a research tutor in African Studies and Missions at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies A. Introduction The study of African Theology soon brings to light a number of interesting, sometimes excruciating, dichotomies, many of which penetrate its very nature, threatening the whole exercise. To begin with, 'African Theology' shall be understood in an inclusive sense as embracing the dichotomy between 'African Traditional Theology' and 'African Christian Theology' and the inevitable tension between the particular and the general.Thus, African Theology covers all local theologies produced by any context in sub-Saharan Africa, whatever their general validity or their intellectual origin. There is nothing to justify the exclusion of 'Black South African Theology' or a local theology emphasizing continuity with tradition. This is not to say, as with any theology, that there is neither better nor worse, and it is an important issue for African Theology that the criteria for evaluation are also part of its task remit. B. Africa and Europe Non-Africanists may have something to say to Africa, but Desmond Tutu (1975:42) has always insisted http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies SAGE

Issues of African Theology at the turn of the Millennium

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tfviews Issues of African Theology at the turn of the Millennium1 Ben Knighton Ben Knighton is the dean of the Research Programme and a research tutor in African Studies and Missions at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies A. Introduction The study of African Theology soon brings to light a number of interesting, sometimes excruciating, dichotomies, many of which penetrate its very nature, threatening the whole exercise. To begin with, 'African Theology' shall be understood in an inclusive sense as embracing the dichotomy between 'African Traditional Theology' and 'African Christian Theology' and the inevitable tension between the particular and the general.Thus, African Theology covers all local theologies produced by any context in sub-Saharan Africa, whatever their general validity or their intellectual origin. There is nothing to justify the exclusion of 'Black South African Theology' or a local theology emphasizing continuity with tradition. This is not to say, as with any theology, that there is neither better nor worse, and it is an important issue for African Theology that the criteria for evaluation are also part of its task remit. B. Africa and Europe Non-Africanists may have something to say to Africa, but Desmond Tutu (1975:42) has always insisted
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