Philosophy and theology in Africa

Authored by: Odomaro Mubangizi

The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138092303
eBook ISBN: 9781315107561
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315107561-4

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Abstract

What does it mean to engage in African philosophical and theological discourse in the 21st century, if we can revisit the old question—“what does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” Medieval scholars, who generally always kept philosophy and theology together, 1 in fact, referred to philosophy as a handmaid of theology—Philosophia ancila theologia. The relationship between the two disciplines is not that simple. Philosophers continued to address questions on the existence and attributes of God, but mainly from a purely rational perspective rather than revelation, demonstrating the challenge of finding a balance that does not compromise theology or philosophy. 2

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