The semper reformanda [always reforming] principle has been poorly promoted by all traditions
since it was conceptualised following the 16th-century Reformation. A significant problem
caused by the missionary movement was the imposition of a Western-style approach to
theology, liturgy and polity with little regard for the cultures that were being invaded and
diminished. This article examines the hermeneutical problem in the African context, as well as
the concept of and practice of inculturation, and proposes a way forward on the basis of
faithfulness to the semper reformanda principle.
INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : This article is interdisciplinary in the
sense that it transcends the theological disciplines of Church History, Church Polity, Dogmatics,
Practical Theology, African Theology and Missiology. The topic indicates the relevance of an
interdisciplinary approach in order to produce an inclusive, integrated and well-rounded
approach within the broad field of hermeneutics.