GLOBALIZATION AND THEOLOGY IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICA

Adolphus Ekedimma Amaefule

Abstract


One of the characteristics of the 21st century is the reality of globalization. This is the
shrinking of time and space with the consequent conversion of the world into a global village.
This, however, has always come about especially by the agency of new information and
communication technology that has succeeded in bringing events and realities hitherto
distant to the doorsteps of the other. This paper tries to look at the implications and challenges
that the new information and communication technology that made, as said above, the reality
of globalization ever more possible, have for the doing of theology in Africa, today. By
descriptive and analytic methodology, it is found out, among other things, that these
Information and Communication technologies provide ample opportunities for theologians
in Africa to hone their craft, become e-theologians, engage all the more in ecumenical and
interreligious dialogue, make the output of their enterprise not only for local consumption but
also for a more global consumption, be a boon to the church in Africa whose theologians they
are, make them pay more attention to democratic values in Africa and then see to the
development of an African theology of new information and communication technology. It is
hoped that this study will help raise awareness on the interdisciplinary nexus between
Information and Communication technology and religion, or, as in this case, between
Information and communication technology and theology.

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