Happy Monday, Friends!!!
The editor of the “Journal of Religion and Theology” emailed me this morning to inform me that my new article, “Toward a Black African Theological Anthropology and Ubuntu Ethics,” will be published next month. This is exciting news, folks!!!
This is actually my fourth published article for the year so far. If the good and sovereign Lord continues to show mercy and grace towards me, for the remaining academic year, I would like to publish three more articles on the intersection of theology, ethics, and culture.
“This essay studies the moral values and practical relevance of the South African concept of Ubuntu in the process of rethinking Black African theological ethics and Black African theological anthropology. Toward this goal, we examine the works of three prominent African theologians: Laurenti Magesa, a diocesan priest from Tanzania, John S. Mbiti, an Anglican priest from Kenya, and Bénézet Bujo, a Catholic priest from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The aim of this comparative analysis is to highlight the importance and implications of Black theological anthropology and ethics to the social and moral life of the individual and the community. This study also aims at articulating a model that is theologically sound, human- sensitive and enriching, and emancipatory. We shall investigate in their ethico-theological writings the intersection of theism, personhood, community, and Ubuntu as an African humanism. The selected African thinkers give the impression that the African perspective on humanity, the social life, and the moral life is more promising, liberating, and dignifying than the Western vision on these issues.
The theological anthropology and ethics of Magesa, Mbiti, and Bujo strongly promote interconnected human relations and interactional social dynamics that are based on the Ubuntu moral ethics. This essay suggests that Black African theological anthropology and theological ethics have a strong foundation on the Ubuntu moral virtues and ethical principles that promotes human flourishing and a life in solidarity within the framework of the community and a symbiotic relationship between God, the community, and the individual.
Keywords: African theological anthropology, African theological ethics, Ubuntu ethics, Black theology, African traditional religion.”