A DECADE OF DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE VOCATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AND NIGERIAN THEOLOGIAN AT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW MILLENNIUM

Godwin I. Akper

Abstract


Liberation, it is often argued, is no longer the most helpful metaphor for the present
situation in (South) Africa, which needs to capture the complex social and
theological challenges ahead. There is a popular view that the new social and
political changes brought with them new challenges and responsibilities for
theologians in Africa, in general, but South Africa and Nigeria in particular. This
essay attempts to examine the South African and Nigerian social and political
challenges of the past 10 years. It argues that such challenges should shape,
redirect the tasks, contents and methods of theology of African theologians toward
“developmental” issues such as poverty, HIV/Aids, wars, public life and public
morality, as they seek to address the social and political challenges of the new
millennium.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/89-0-1031

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