Religion has played a major role in both the division and unification of peoples and countries within Africa. Its capacity to cause, and to heal, societal rifts has been well documented. This book addresses this powerful societal force, and explores the implications of a theology of reconstruction, most notably articulated by Jesse Mugambi. This way of thinking seeks to build on liberation theology, aiming to encourage the rebuilding of African society on its own terms.
An international panel of contributors bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the issues around reconstructing the religious elements of African society. Looking at issues of reconciliation, postcolonialism and indigenous spirituality, among others, they show that Mugambi’s cultural and theological insight has the potential to revolutionise the way people in Africa address this issue.
This is a fascinating exploration of the religious facets of African life. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of religious studies, theology and African studies.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part I|81 pages
Biblical and ecclesial perspectives
chapter 1|8 pages
Texts of affirmation rather than negation
chapter 3|9 pages
Worshipping God the spirit “in spirit and truth” in Africa
part II|100 pages
Liberation and reconstruction
chapter 11|19 pages
Reconstruction theology in action
chapter 12|18 pages
Theology of reconstruction
chapter 14|14 pages
part III|132 pages
Future trajectories on religion and theology in a global context