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Hermeneutics and the Debate on Homosexuality in Africa

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  • 1 Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and Professor of Religion, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USAbongmba@rice.edu
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In this essay, I discuss hermeneutical approaches to the debate on homosexuality in the African context. I argue that the hermeneutics of Rudolf Bultmann offers a way of understanding the debate. I start with a general discussion of the response to homosexuality in Africa and follow that with a narration of perspectives from church leaders in Africa and proceed to discuss the work of Bultmann and in the last section apply the hermeneutical insights to point a way forward.

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