SimonMary Asese Aihiokhai

“And You, Africans, Who Do You Say Jesus Is?”: The Legacy of Laurenti Magesa for the Future of African Theology

A healthy church is a church not afraid to journey into the new horizon the Spirit invites it to explore. To embark on this journey, such a church needs bold theologians. Theology, at its best, embodies the ability to make relevant God’s enduring word of life for all in the world. This vocation of a theologian is fully embodied in the works and life of Laurenti Magesa, an African priest and theologian from Tanzania. Throughout his adult life, Magesa asked the unsettling questions that spark needed dialogue among theologians and fellow Christians around the world. This article attempts to retrieve key insights from his vast array of works. Finally, the article argues for new horizons theologians from Africa ought to set their gaze on as they attempt to address social and religious issues plaguing the African continent.

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