African relational ontology, individual identity, and Christian theology : an African theological contribution towards an integrated relational ontological identity

Forster, Dion A. (2010-08)

CITATION: Forster, D. A. 2010. African relational ontology, individual identity, and Christian theology : an African theological contribution towards an integrated relational ontological identity. Theology, 113(874):243-253.

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African theology has a great deal to contribute to the theological discourse on human identity. Relationships are central to the formation, expression and understanding of who an individual person is. The African philosophy of ubuntu, more accurately expressed as umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (a person is a person through other persons), affirms the critical under - standing that identity arises out of intersubjective interactions between persons. This paper discusses how concepts of identity in African philosophy and religion can enhance our theological understanding of individual identity. Hence this research presents an African theological approach to identity that is systematized in relation to the doctrine of God, the doctrine of Christian anthropology and the doctrine of salvation.

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