n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - A time for complementarity : African Theology, Black Theology and the AICs

Volume 34, Issue Issue-2/3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The time for polarisation and competition among different forms of African theologizing is over. African Theology, Black Theology and the theological articulation of the AICs should be conceived as the three sides of an equilateral triangle. This does not mean a fusing of the three theological 'streams', nor a simple assimilation of one into the other. Instead, theologians in Africa should seek common ground to foster a new inclusive discourse, especially in relation to mission. For this to take place the historical background of each stream needs to be taken into account, and all three should be seen as valid forms of 'local theology' in Africa. Areas of complentarity that need attention are liberation, ecclesiology and Christology. A missiology of self-transcendence is needed within each of these streams if they are to grow in complementarity.

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