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Towards an African Theology

The Igbo Context in Nigeria


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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CONCLUSION. Reinstating the Theological Conversation? 123


123 CONCLUSION Reinstating the Theological Conversation? This book remains only an introduction to the big project of the quest for an Igbo theology. As an introduction it is meant to be provocative and incisive to further inquiries and theological Conversations. We have been able to initiate it so far through a historical, critical methodology in the quest to developing a hermeneutics for the Igbo theology. The fol- lowing six key stages have emerged in this quest: z From the history of the Gospel answering to concrete human situations to Gaudium et Spes of Vatican II, Medellín Confer- ence, the quest of African Bishops (Synod 1994) for contextual theology. z From the unity of theology in the proclamation of the resurrection of Christ and its diversity in the application of this resurrection victory to concrete human situations, we see its realization in the- ologies. z We argued that ‘Igbo theology’ is a possibility in the light of contextual theologies that propose answers to the concrete situa- tion of the people. We exposed these concrete situations of the Igbo. z We went on to develop a hermeneutics for this possibility via ‘appropriation’ of African values – the Igbo values. z We took the faith further into witnessing in the concrete situation of Africans and the Igbo in Nigeria today in particular. Here we posited the challenges and prospects of such witnessing in con- crete. z We saw the prospects of the Igbo theology. It is capable of be- coming a discipline and...

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