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The church in Africa and the struggle for an African identity

D. Crafford

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 14, No 2 (1993), 163-175. doi: 10.4102/ve.v14i2.1064

Submitted: 19 July 1993
Published:  19 July 1993


The church in Africa experienced a tremendous growth during the twentieth century but is still in search of a true African identity. How can the church, in a process of enculteration, remain genuinely African and genuinely biblical? The role of African Traditional Religion, African Theology and the African Independent Church in the search for identity is described. In the end an effort is made to answer the question how the identity crisis in Africa can be solved.

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