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Reading the African context

Musonda Bwalya
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 33, No 2 | a762 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i2.762 | © 2012 Musonda Bwalya | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 July 2012 | Published: 06 December 2012

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Musonda Bwalya, United Church of Zambia Theological College, University of Pretoria, Zambia

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There is so much alienation, pain and suffering in our today’s world. In this vein, African Christianity, a voice amongst many voices, should seek to be a transformational religion for the whole of life, affecting all facets of human life towards a fuller life of all in Africa. This article sought to highlight and point to some of the major societal challenges in the African context which African Christianity, as a life-affirming religion, should continue to embrace, re-embrace and engage with, if it has to be relevant to the African context. In this vein, the article argued that a correct reading of the African context would lead to a more relevant theory and praxis of African Christianity for the benefit of all African peoples and their global neighbours. The contention of this article was that African Christianity has a significant role to play in the re-shaping of the African society and in the global community of humans, only that this role must be executed inclusively, responsibly and appropriately, together with all those who seek the holistic development of Africa towards one common destiny.


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