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Contribution to Book



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23 p.

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Wipf and Stock Publishers

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The Church as Salt and Light : Path to an Ecclesiology of Abundant Life

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This book is an attempt at a critical, constructive, and creative theological praxis of social transformation in Africa. The authors apply a multi-disciplinary approach to examining how Christianity in Africa is engaging the problems of Africa's challenging social context. This is a prophetic work that applies the symbols of "salt" and "light" as ecclesiological images for reenvisioning the path towards procuring abundant life for God's people in the African continent through the agency of African Christianity. The contributors to this volume ask these fundamental questions: What is the face of Jesus in African Christianity? What is the face and identity of the Church in Africa? How can one evaluate the relevance of the Church in Africa to African Christians who enthusiastically embrace and celebrate their Christian faith? In other words, what positive imprint is Christianity leaving on the lives and societies of African Christians? Does the Christian message have the potential of positively affecting African civilization as it once did in Europe? What is the relevance and place of African Christianity as a significant voice in shaping both the future of Africa and that of world Christianity?


Published version. "The Church in Africa: Salt of the Earth?" in The Church as Salt and Light : Path to an Ecclesiology of Abundant Life. Eds. Stan Chu Ilo, Joseph Ogbonnaya and Alex Ojacor. Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2011: 65-87. Publisher Link. © 2011 Wipf and Stock. Used by permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers.