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Title:The challenge of a theologically fruitful method for studying African Christian ethics: the role of the human sciences
Author:Appiah, Simon KofiISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context (ISSN 0166-2740)
Geographic term:Africa
Christian theology
social sciences
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254312X617132
Abstract:There are attempts from different theological circles to keep the debate on inculturation ethics alive. Such attempts seek to contribute to the development of inculturation ethics as an important area of study and its acceptance as a valuable source of Christian moral sensibility and practice. This essay joins the discourse by focusing on the methodological challenges involved in the study of inculturation ethics and proposes that a 'critical appropriation' of knowledge from the social sciences could yield a fruitful theological method for the study of African Christian ethics. Inculturation itself presupposes certain social scientific questions which cannot be ignored. The essay therefore suggests that the challenges and suspicions associated with attempts to adapt knowledge from the social sciences for the study of philosophical and theological questions dwindle in the face of the theologically fruitful method that such an approach can generate. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]