Insights and Ironies: Some Contributions of African Missiology


  • Peter R. Young


This paper takes a look at African missiology, seeking to draw missiological insights from the published sources of African Christian Theology.  The aim is to draw from these insights what lessons can be discerned as contributions to the wider task of Christian mission.It is found that there are valuable insights that the wider church can learn from, an example of which would be the unique take on the interplay of faith and culture of some African scholars.At the same time there are also intriguing ironies which only deep reflection from the African churches can address.  One of the many such ironies discussed is the co-existence of a holistic worldview with a faith that often divorces ethics from professed belief.  Others are seen in the areas of relationships with Islam, tribalism, prosperity theology and poverty and African-led churches in the West.