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Towards an African Theology

The Igbo Context in Nigeria

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Peter Chidi Okuma

Towards an African Theology. The Igbo Con text in Nigeria is a study about the challenge facing contemporary African theology today. It aims at transposing the theoretical doctrines of faith into practical guidelines. The author outlines the history, culture and life setting of the Igbo in Nigeria and develops a theological hermeneutics that would give an answer to African Christians’ present faith and situation. He discusses Igbo theology in praxis and as a discipline and considers what contribution Igbo theology could make to the church, humanity and world order.

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Presentation (by Johan Verstraeten, Faculty of Theology, K. U. Leuven, Belgium) 11

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11 Presentation In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi Paul VI wrote “for the church, evangelising means bringing the good news into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new”. This implies the task of evangelising culture and cultures, “not in a purely decorative way as it were by apply- ing a thin veneer, but in a vital way, in depth and right to their very roots” (EN 17 and 20). Recent statements by Cardinal Ratzinger and the transition in libera- tion theology from socio-economic to a cultural paradigm demonstrate that the question of inculturation has become more relevant than ever. It is, however not an easy question and matter of controversies. There is a real need for theological clarification. With this book Rev. Fr. Peter Okuma (doctoral student of theology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) fills a gap. Grasping with great clarity the basic questions of inculturation in Africa on one hand and the Igbo in Nigeria on the other. Peter Okuma makes scholarly theologia insights accessible for everyone who is concerned with the problem. Above all he endeav- ors to develop a hermeneutics that would answer to the faith and societal situation of his people, the Igbo in Nigeria. Prof. Dr. Johan Verstraeten Faculty of Theology, K. U. Leuven, Belgium

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