Christianity and Future of Africa

Christianity, Spirituality, Development and Future of Africa

The contribution of the Church to the emergence of Africa, a continent where Christianity is
flourishing and where societies are faced with human depletion, depends on its promptness to
offer our people a Christian spirituality based on culture and responsibility. African traditional
spirituality and Christian prosperity spirituality could be considered as the anthropological
matrix of much of popular African spirituality today. Such spirituality should be grounded,
however, in the experience of Jesus Christ who has lived in the desert a prayerful, humble and
non-materialistic life, in spite of the temptations of Satan. Our research contribution will be a
response to the challenge of this situation, a response which will be grounded on
anthropology, theology and what is called the principle of “the divine irony”: about God
building with the stone that has been rejected by the builders, and about the suffering servant
as the source of liberation, salvation and of abundant life for all of humanity. In our research,
we will try to demonstrate that African culture and spirituality, in spite of their limitations,
contain values which reappear in Christian healing and prosperity prayers. On the basis of this
principle of “the divine irony”, our research project will scrutinize the use that Africans,
challenged by the Western world, have made of their culture. We will then propose a
Christian spirituality based both on African culture and a reading of Luke 3:21-22; 4:13-21.
This will help us reject the various forms of prosperity which are not in accordance with the
divine will.

Principal Investigator: Nathanaël Yaovi Soede, Head of Research and Publications
Department, Institut Catholique Missionnaired’ Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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