Chike, Chigor
May 2008
Black Theology: An International Journal;May2008, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p221
Academic Journal
One of the main concerns of Black theology is its insistence that the Christianity of Black people is rooted in their experience and worldview. This resonates with the concern that has been expressed by Africa's political leaders and intellectuals about Christianity in Africa. The latter are challenging Africans not to lose their cultural and philosophical heritage upon conversion to Christianity. This essay looks at the evidence and shows that, in spite of the best efforts of the early missionaries, Africans have retained the essence of their pre-Christian worldview in their resultant Christian faith. This article looks at the characteristics of the African worldview. Then, focusing on Christology (i.e. the doctrine of the person of Christ), compares how Christianity is practised in Africa and in the UK to identify where it has been influenced by the pre-Christian African.


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