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African Christology: Hope for the Anglican Communion

  • Ande Titre

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The Anglican Communion has been tested by difficult theological tensions that have painfully affected mission in different contexts. The troubled question is: ‘Who is Jesus Christ for Anglicans?’ This paper suggests that, as the spiritual centre has already shifted to the church in the Majority World, the reflections and insights of Africans concerning Jesus Christ should be taken into account in any Christological reflections. African Christology is more holistic as it integrates the person and the work of Christ, which apply to the whole of African life.

Jesus, the Lord of cultures and the Healer, is alive today. He has overcome death so that God’s transforming power may heal our deeply wounded souls and our broken communities. The Anglican Communion should recognize the healing power of the Lord Jesus, and continually re-affirm the salvation in Christ, forgiveness of sins, transformation of life and incorporation into the holy fellowship of the church. The world needs the credible witness of Christians who live in the world, but are not of the world.

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Ande Titre is Bishop of ARU in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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2. Schaff, PhilipWace, Henry (eds.), ‘The Seven Ecumenical Councils’, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. XIV (Peabody, MA: Hendrikson, 1999), p. xii.

3. Tennent, Timothy, Theology in the Context of World Christianity (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007), p. 107.

4. Walls, Andrew F., ‘Towards an understanding of Africa’s Place in Christian History’, in John Pobee (ed.), A Plurastic Society (Leiden: Brill, 1976), p. 183.

5. Tennent, Theology in the Context of World Christianity, p. 106.

6. Walls, ‘Towards an Understanding of Africa’s Place in Christian History’, p. 183.

7. Pobee, John (ed.), ‘In Search of Christology in Africa: Some Considerations for Today’, in Exploring Afro-Christology (New York: Peter Lang, 1992), p. 10.

8. Pobee, ‘In Search of Christology in Africa’, p. 10.

9. Tom Wright, ‘Easter and the Launch of the Church: an exposition of Luke 24’, paper presented at the Consultation, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, 30 June 2002.

10. Ivan Dias’ address to the Lambeth Conference, posted on July 23, 2008 in Lambeth Daily.

11. Dias’ address to the Lambeth Conference, 2008.

12. Dickson, Kwesi, ‘Towards a Theologia Africana’, in E. Fasholé-Luke and M. Glasswell (eds.), New Testament Christianity (London: SPCK, 1974), p. 204.

13. Dickson, ‘Towards a Theologia Africana’, p. 204.

14. Pobee, John, Towards an African Theology (Nashville: Abingdon, 1979), p. 79.

15. Nazir-Ali, Michael, Jesus in a Plural World: The Unique and Universal Christ (Paternoster: Milton Keynes, 2008), p. 61.

16. Nazir-Ali, Jesus in a Plural World, p. 65.

17. John Paul II, quoted by Nazir-Ali, Jesus in a Plural World, p. 75.

18. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Presidential Address at Lambeth Conference on July 20, 2008. Posted at http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/1898

19. Olowala, Cornelius, ‘The Person and Work of Christ’, in Samuel Ngewa, Mark Shaw and Tite Tienou (eds.), Issues in African Christian Theology (Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1998), p. 173.

1. Ande Titre is Bishop of ARU in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Journal of Anglican Studies
  • ISSN: 1740-3553
  • EISSN: 1745-5278
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