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What is Ethnology

Phenomenological Approaches to Religion and Spirituality
The study of characteristics of different people, their differences, and relationships. Ethnology considers the actual nature of Africans. It involves their beliefs and practices peculiar to them.
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Phenomenological Approach to African Theology
Mbosowo Bassey Udok (University of Uyo, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4595-9.ch006
This chapter examines the phenomenological approaches to African theology. Over the years, there have been several attempts to think about theology to be a Western venture, thus resulting in such claims as “there is nothing like African theology.” This work seeks to investigate whether there truly is an African theology. It further analyzes the study of theology in an African context with respect to ethno-theology, inculturation theology, and Black or liberation theology. Using hermeneutical-phenomenological methodology, which seeks to interpret African theology with a view to bringing out its essence and of course reasons for its existence, findings show that employing phenomenological approaches like epoche or bracketing, eidetic reduction, and comparative approaches, African theology takes its primary data from the Bible, African tradition, and history. The chapter concludes that there is African theology with respect to African culture, nature, and experience.
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