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Inculturation and Postcolonial Discourse in African Theology


Edward P. Antonio

What is inculturation? How is it practiced and what is its relationship to colonial and postcolonial discourses? In what ways, if any, does inculturation represent the decolonization of Christianity in Africa? This book explores these questions and argues that inculturation is a species of postcolonial discourse by placing it in the larger context of what has now come to be known as Africanism and by showing how the latter – and through it inculturation itself – fully participates in the history of postcolonial struggles for indigenous self-definition in Africa. The thirteen contributors to this volume represent a group of young scholars from the southern, eastern, and western regions of Africa. They come from different disciplines: theology, philosophy, and biblical studies. Although they take different approaches to the question of inculturation, the fact that they engage it at all is illustrative of the methodological significance of inculturation in African theology.
Contents: Edward P. Antonio: Introduction: Inculturation and Postcolonial Discourse – Edward P. Antonio: The Hermeneutics of Inculturation – Tinyiko Sam Maluleke: The Africanization of Theological Education: Does Theological Education Equip You to Help Your Sister? – Mika Vähäkangas: Inculturation and Theological Method in the Work of Charles Nyamiti – Ezra Chitando: The (Mis?) Appropriation of African Traditional Religions in African Christian Theology – Njenga Kariuki: Inculturating Biblical Metaphors among the Agikuyu of Kenya – Isabel Mukonyora: Gender and Marginality as Categories of Social Protest in African Christian Experience – Maaraidzo Mutambara: African Women Theologies Critique Inculturation – Musa W. Dube Shomanah: Divining Texts for International Relations: Matthew 15:21-28 – Gosbert T.M. Byamungu: Postcolonial Discourse and the Use of the Hebrew Bible in African Theology: The Case of Joshua 9 – Elias K. Bongmba: African Theology and the Question of Rationality – Polycarp Ikuenobe: Modernity and African Moral Thought – Kwasi Wiredu: Toward Decolonizing African Philosophy.