African theology can be understood as a theology from below – or
rather, “as below, so above”. This phrase not only reflects the
concept of ubuntu and the African partiality towards horizontal
relationships, but may help explain African perspectives on shame
and guilt, sin and reconciliation, liberation, the ancestors and
eschatology. Subsequently, there seems to be some concurrence
between African theology and Western postmodern theology.
Although these theologies challenge traditional theology, and
should in turn be scrutinized, they may offer useful and valid ways
of thinking and speaking about God.