n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Christological construction among African Indigenous Churches in Ghana




For many years, Africans have embraced a Christ who was a stranger to their worldview and culture; a Christ more reflective of western epistemology than that of the Christ encountered through the Scriptures. Today it is widely accepted that all theology (Christology) is contextual and therefore arises out of the synergy between culture, Christian tradition, and Scripture. Our knowledge of Christ is therefore something that is not static or detached from everyday life but dynamic and immanent. A true assessment of Christ in Africa must take us to the wellsprings of African orality where Christ is seen and experienced at the grassroots of Christian experience. This article explores the way Christ is encountered and appropriated among Akan African Indigenous Churches (AICs) in Ghana. Drawing upon a nationwide Christological survey it explores the sources that adherents of AICs draw upon in shaping their knowledge and understanding of who Jesus is to them. It further examines how their appropriation of Christ aids them in the quest for life and wholeness in what is very often a world of poverty, disease, and conflict.


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