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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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CHAPTER FIVE. Faith goes Further – The Church and the World vis-à-vis Igbo Church and Society: Witnessing in Concrete 99

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99 CHAPTER FIVE Faith goes Further The Church and the World vis-à-vis Igbo Church and Society: Witnessing in Concrete The quest for Igbo theology is ‘a mission of witnessing.’ In this sense this kind of mission does not take place in a vacuum. It seems to say that there is always some ‘locale’ for mission, here, the ‘Church’ and ‘World’ in its totality becomes the locale of this mission, and spe- cifically the Igbo society. All the traditional values and patrimonies of the people are brought in to bear in this quest of witnessing. It is possible to assume that the Church and the World are in- compatible (or Religion and Politics do not mix?). “Citizenship as a form of service was recognized in scripture. “God so loved the World,” adds scriptural assurance that God’s work is directed toward the fulfill- ment of this World. The Church is in and for the World. Its mission is to remind the World that the kingdom of God has not yet come to its full- ness and to invite people to participate in the vision of what might be. Despite the Marxists’ claim that religion anesthetizes one to the needs of the Earth, we find that persons who are strongly religious make the best citizens. Working to improve the society in which we live is not world- liness but love. When you love something, you take it seriously.” 1 Of course this depends sometimes on the model at stake. From a conflict...

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