Becoming good in Africa : a critical appraisal of Stanley Hauerwas’ ecclesial ethic in the sub-Saharan context

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dc.contributor.author Bafinamene, Charles Kisolokele
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-02T09:17:46Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-02T09:17:46Z
dc.date.issued 2017-10-05
dc.description Parts of this article are included in the doctoral thesis entitled ‘Church and moral formation in an African context: A critical appropriation of Stanley Hauerwas’ proposal’ written by the author under the supervision of Prof. D. Etienne de Villiers and submitted at the University of Pretoria in December 2016. (http://hdl.handle.net/2263/61208) en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The present article examines the appropriateness of Stanley Hauerwas’ ecclesial ethic for the sub-Saharan African churches. Thus, it consists in a Christian ethical assessment of the metaethical foundational categories of his ecclesial ethic. In brief, his proposal is eclectic and pluri-disciplinarily applicable to the churches of various denominations. It reflects the marks of the Aristotelian ethical tradition endorsed by Thomas Aquinas and recovered by several communitarian philosophers. It also includes some discernible ecclesio-centric and postliberal theological accents. The promising insights of this proposal include: (1) the necessity to ordain the church’s worship, polity and its entire way of life to the spiritual and moral formation of church members; (2) the stress on Christian virtuous life, identity formation, witness and non-conformism in social ethics. However, essentially designed against the background of a Western, liberal, autonomous and individualist self, Hauerwas’ ecclesial ethic is not a definitive answer for the holistic, normative and communalist moral self, characteristic of the traditional African ethos and influencing a large majority in Africa. Moreover, it stresses the purity of the church in a way that restricts cooperation between Christians and non- Christians for socio-economic justice and the common good. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : Therefore, Hauerwas’ virtue, narrative, community and social ethics provide some valuable insights for moral formation in African churches as it explores the interplay between ecclesiology, Christian ethics, practical theology and philosophical ethics. For sure, other relevant resources should come from African spirituality, developmental psychology and sociology of religion. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ve.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Bafinamene, C.K., 2017, ‘Becoming good in Africa: A critical appraisal of Stanley Hauerwas’ ecclesial ethic in the sub-Saharan context’, Verbum et Ecclesia 38(1), a1716. https://DOI.org/ 10.4102/ve.v38i1.1716. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v38i1.1716
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/64754
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Stanley Hauerwas’ ecclesial ethic en_ZA
dc.subject Sub-Saharan African churches en_ZA
dc.subject Sociology of religion. en_ZA
dc.subject Developmental psychology en_ZA
dc.subject African spirituality en_ZA
dc.subject Philosophical ethics en_ZA
dc.subject Christian ethics en_ZA
dc.subject Practical theology en_ZA
dc.title Becoming good in Africa : a critical appraisal of Stanley Hauerwas’ ecclesial ethic in the sub-Saharan context en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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