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A missiological glance at South African Black theology

Kalemba Mwambazambi
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 31, No 1 | a53 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.53 | © 2010 Kalemba Mwambazambi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 July 2009 | Published: 11 November 2010

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Kalemba Mwambazambi, UNISA, South Africa


Black South African theologians created South African Black theology during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a conscious and theological dimension of the liberation struggle against apartheid. They drew inspiration from African-American theology, biblical hermeneutics and the raw material of their own experiences and suffering, whilst simultaneously creating a new theological paradigm and political orientation to liberate Black South Africans from apartheid and European domination. Inevitably, South African Black theology was a liberation theology aimed at helping to eradicate the existing socio-political order. This article gave a missiological overview of Black theology and examined and assessed the relevance of this theology to contemporary post-apartheid South Africa. The critical-theological research method was used.


Apartheid; Black theology; Christian mission; liberation; South Africa


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