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In: Eco-Theology

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Theology, when understood as the process of meaning-making targeted at the Christian faith, is not only or even primarily a textual activity but, rather, it first happens in the lived faith of a community. In cases when there is not much written theology, or when the non-written meaning-making differs significantly from the theological texts, one needs to study theology empirically. In this chapter, a theological methodology is developed in order to contribute to analyzing the Kimbanguist doctrine of incarnation between oral and written spheres. This is done in dialogue with anthropology. Dialogical interview approach is gleaned from Odera Oruka’s philosophy of sagacity. The role of observation as a key to interpreting the interviews and the existing Kimbanguist texts is defined and the manner of analysis is formulated to correspond with the cultural context.

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In: Faith in African Lived Christianity
In: Mission and Money
This study deals with the interaction between neo-Thomism and African traditional thinking in Charles Nyamiti's theological methodology. The approach of the study is groundbreaking as it is the first monograph published on the theological method of any African theologian. The question about the position and relevance of Western philosophical-theological systems in a non-Western context also has a wider relevance concerning contextual theologies in general. Nyamiti's theology is a germane and a fruitful choice for the study of this issue because of his programmatic attempt to build a coherent African Roman Catholic theological system. His theology is also well-known for its strong African flavor in elaborating theological questions within the framework of orthodox Roman Catholic doctrine.

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Theology, when understood as the process of meaning-making targeted at the Christian faith, is not only or even primarily a textual activity but, rather, it first happens in the lived faith of a community. In cases when there is not much written theology, or when the non-written meaning-making differs significantly from the theological texts, one needs to study theology empirically. In this chapter, a theological methodology is developed in order to contribute to analyzing the Kimbanguist doctrine of incarnation between oral and written spheres. This is done in dialogue with anthropology. Dialogical interview approach is gleaned from Odera Oruka’s philosophy of sagacity. The role of observation as a key to interpreting the interviews and the existing Kimbanguist texts is defined and the manner of analysis is formulated to correspond with the cultural context.

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In: Faith in African Lived Christianity
In: In Search of Foundations for African Catholicism
In: In Search of Foundations for African Catholicism
In: In Search of Foundations for African Catholicism
In: In Search of Foundations for African Catholicism