n HTS : Theological Studies - The Word is life : African theology as biblical and contextual theology

Volume 62, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



This article reflects on the development of African theology from its beginning up to the end of the twentieth century. A critical assessment of this development and the current state of African theology is given. The future and possible shortcomings of African theology are also discussed. It is argued that for African theology to make a difference in a multi-cultural and multi-contextual Africa, it should consider being contextual and Biblical. For Christians the Word means life, is life, and promises life in its fullness. If African theology purports to be Christian, this should also be one of its premises.

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