Church as Salt and Light
Path to an African Ecclesiology of Abundant Life
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of Pages: 192
Width: 15.3 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
At once prophetic, pastoral, and personal, this book applies the symbols of 'salt' and 'light' as ecclesiological images for reimaging the African Church for today and tomorrow. The proposal of this book is to reconsider the path towards abundant life for God's people in the challenging context of African continent, and through the agency of African Christianity. The contributors stress the necessity of de-Westernizing African Christianity and ask these fundamental questions: What is the face of Jesus in African Christianity? What is the face and identity of the Church in Africa? What positive imprint is Christianity leaving on the lives and societies of African Christians? Does the Christian message have the potential of positively affecting African civilization as it once did in Europe? What is the relevance and place of African Christianity as a significant voice in shaping both the future of Africa and that of world Christianity?
"This volume offers many unique insights into the way that Christianity can be performed in such a way that it counters and overcomes the oppressive paradigms." Nathan Crawford, Reviews in Religion and Theology Vol.20 Issue 3. July 2013 'This is a fine cutting-edge book by energetic, young black African Roman Catholic theologians. They tilt against the legacy of colonialism and current centralising tendencies in Rome. They long for freedom to increase inculturation, lay involvement, and the part played by women in the life and administration of the RC Church.' Graham Kings, Church Times, 18 October 2013 "The Church as Salt and Light discusses how Christians in Africa can develop distinct, thriving communities that contextualize the gospel and abundant life of Jesus. [...] The passionate essays suggest steps of evangelization beginning with the 'demand for a richer and more intimate contact with Christ'. [...] The essays are grounded in christocentric biblical theology and are designed to be 'prophetic and personal'." Craig Stephans, Church of the Redeemer, USA, in Theological Book Review (tbr), Vol. 25, No.1, 2013 "The Church as Salt and Light may contribute towards an understanding of how African ecclesiology should be viewed." Peter Nagel, Religion & Theology, vol 21, issue 1-2, 2014