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HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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URBANIAK, Jakub. James Cone vis-à-vis African Religiosity: A decolonial perspective. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2019, vol.75, n.3, pp.1-12. ISSN 2072-8050.

This article builds on my recent engagement with James Cone's binary view of Africanness and Christianity which focused on his Western locus of enunciation and the criticism he received from his African American colleagues. I believe that analogical questions regarding Christian theology's attitude towards Africanness in general and African religiosity in particular present themselves to us who live in and try to make sense of South African reality today, including white people like myself. I start by introducing a decolonial perspective as it manifests itself through the recent #MustFall student movements. In this context, I offer three theses regarding the decolonial perspective on African religiosity, each of which constitutes a more or less direct critique of Cone's ambivalent attitude towards Africanness, and African Traditional Religions in particular. The first thesis concerns the distinction between postcoloniality and decoloniality; the second thesis concerns engaging African religiosity as a requirement for decolonising Christian theology; and the third thesis concerns problematising the relationship between the categories of blackness and Africanness.

Keywords : James Cone; Black Theology; African Religiosity; Decolonial; MustFall Movement; Fallism; African Traditional Religions; African Initiated Churches; Decolonisation; South Africa.

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