Von Balthasar's "Dramatic Moment" as a Tool for Inculturation in Africa

Otieno, Peter (2005) Von Balthasar's "Dramatic Moment" as a Tool for Inculturation in Africa. Licentiate thesis, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

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Abstract

Historians in Africa have often situated Africa between the lineal time frame of precolonial, colonial and post-colonial Africa with the colonial period as the hinge; hence the prefixes "pre..." and "post..." that are used to define Africa. This shows the significance that the colonial period played in the shaping of Africa as we know it today. FortYor so years after earning independence, the good and bad relics of the colonial times are still very much alive on the African continent. The relics of colonialism only provide one angle of the post-colonial Africa. The other angle is the influence of traditional Africa. As a product of the two realities, the postcolonial African worldview manifests elements both of the 'civilizing mission' and the traditional Africa. The two co-exist like patches, even if they sometimes form an impure hybrid. Kwasi Wiredu tells us that "the African today, as a rule, lives in a cultural flux characterized by the confused interplay between an indigenous cultural heritage and a foreign cultural legacy of colonial origin." Wiredu's words are corroborated by the evidence of the dual celebrations for weddings and funerals that often reflect the divide on the African continent.

Item Type: Thesis (Licentiate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: A Way to Understand Inculturation, Culture, EncuIturation, The Drama of Incarnation as the Model of Inculturation, Challenge of Doing Theology Today, Christological Controversy, Why Would an African be Interested in Drama?, Christological Controversy, Models of Inculturation that Have Been Embraced on the African Continent,
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Comparative
Jesuitica
Depositing User: JHI Africa
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 12:15
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 13:54
URI: http://thesisbank.jhia.ac.ke/id/eprint/26

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