oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - A Christian theological critique of uBuntu in Swaziland
This article hopes to open a biblical discussion on the African philosophy of Ubuntu. The discourse critiques the current Swazi praxis - both from a traditional and postmodern perspective; gives a better understanding of uBuntu (especially in its rural context where patriarchalism and the Ancestral cult are so conspicuous); provides a biblical evaluation, and considers whether Ubuntu could be defended as a universal philosophy. Having reviewed the Swazi praxis, the article considers Paul's statement in Romans 2:14-15 regarding God's law being written on the hearts of all mankind. The paper argues that the statement refers to the so-called Golden Rule (Matt 22:37-39), which appears to have been prevalent throughout the primordial cultures. The research concludes that Ubuntu is only viable within a community that upholds the principle of sacrificial brotherly love as advanced by Christ Jesus.
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