As below, so above: A perspective on African Theology

  • Meiring A
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African theology can be understood as a theology from below – or rather, “as below, so above”. This phrase not only reflects the concept of ubuntu and the African partiality towards horizontal relationships, but may help explain African perspectives on shame and guilt, sin and reconciliation, liberation, the ancestors and eschatology. Subsequently, there seems to be some concurrence between African theology and Western postmodern theology. Although these theologies challenge traditional theology, and should in turn be scrutinized, they may offer useful and valid ways of thinking and speaking about God.




Meiring, A. (2007). As below, so above: A perspective on African Theology. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 63(2).

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