Ubuntu Apologetics in Faith Formation

An Ethnography of Youth Ministry in Nairobi

In: Journal of Youth and Theology
Kevin Muriithi Ndereba Department of Children and Youth Ministry, Pan Africa Christian University, Nairobi, Kenya
Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa,

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Faith formation is a crucial area in youth ministry. Although the area of apologetics may be a helpful bridge, the theory and praxis of apologetics in the African context is scanty. The work of apologists such as William Lane Craig, John Frame, Ravi Zacharias, and John Lennox has responded to the post-Christian context of Europe and North America. Much needs to be done in light of the African contextual realities. Using a practical theological methodology, this paper considers how ubuntu apologetics – which honors both the cognitive and affective development of adolescents – can lead to holistic faith formation of African youth. This research paper will 1) consider youth ministry contextual realities in Kenya and Africa; 2) analyze foundational methods of apologetics; 3) utilize an ethnographic methodology in analyzing the data and 4) offer recommendations for youth ministry education and practice in Nairobi and Africa at large.

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