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