The relevance of Black theology in post-apartheid South Africa

Show simple item record Adebo, Abraham O. Harold, Godfrey 2015-03-03T09:24:41Z 2015-03-03T09:24:41Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Black theology became popular in South Africa in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a result of the contradictions of White oppression that spanned over three centuries. The height of White oppression of Blacks and other races in that country was the formal legalization of apartheid in 1948. The Black theology movement played a significant role in the collapse of apartheid and the introduction of democracy in 1994. Following the demise of apartheid, scholars like Charles Villa-Vicencio, Valpy Fitzgerald, and Jesse Mugambi have argued that Black theology is no longer relevant in South Africa. They contend that it should be replaced with the theology of reconstruction. The predominant question from the foregoing is whether Black theology is still relevant in the transformation of South Africa or not. This paper proposes that Black theology is still relevant in the sense that most of the problems that stimulated its emergence —racialism, poverty, and cultural imperialism still exist in the country. More importantly, Black theology evolved as a crisis theology, which went into a state of inertia after the demise of apartheid and still possesses the potentials that are yet to be fully explored in Post–apartheid South Africa. Such untapped potentials can be important instruments for the transformation of South Africa. This paper therefore argues that Black, rather than Reconstruction theology would be a better approach to resolving the aforementioned problems. This article answers the question of the relevance of Black theology in South Africa by undertaking a critical analysis of the state of Black theology today in South Africa and adducing points for the continuous relevance of Black theology in Post–apartheid South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Adebo, AO & Harold G 2013, 'The relevance of Black theology in post-apartheid South Africa', South African Baptist Journal of Theology, vol. 22, pp. 181-198. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1019-7990 (print)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Baptist Union of Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.rights Baptist Union of Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Black theology en_ZA
dc.subject Post-1994 South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Post–apartheid South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Theology of reconstruction en_ZA
dc.subject HIV/ AIDS en_ZA
dc.subject Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) en_ZA
dc.subject Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) en_ZA
dc.subject Corruption en_ZA
dc.subject Victim oriented psyche en_ZA
dc.subject Violence en_ZA
dc.subject Jesse Mugambi en_ZA
dc.subject Charles Villa-Vicencio en_ZA
dc.title The relevance of Black theology in post-apartheid South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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