Charismatic Appropriations of Edward W. Fasholé-Luke's Theologia Africana


  • Joseph Bosco Bangura North-West University



Theologia Africana, African Christian theology, Charismatic movements in Africa, Edward Fasholé-Luke, Sierra Leone


Although scholarly literature about the theologies of newer Pentecostal and Charismatic movements (CMs) in Africa is growing, few attempts have been made to apply specific models proposed by the giants of African theology to the church contexts of Charismatic Movements. Mindful of the risk of oversimplification, the specific experiences of CMs in Sierra Leone makes this statement much more justifiable. In this article, I attempt to draw a connection between Professor Edward W. FasholéLuke’s Theologia Africana and the church context of CMs in Sierra Leone. Using Fasholé-Luke’s Theologia Africana, I argue that the CMs’ desire is to promote a theology whose shape, content and feature was not indexed upon imported theologies, but one that is solidly engraved in the hearts and minds of Africans. If this theology was to serve its intended purpose, which is to make the new convert both Christian as well as genuinely and authentically African, then it must be developed by Africans themselves. The article notes that this is exactly what transpired in Sierra Leone after the accession of CMs.

Author Biography

Joseph Bosco Bangura, North-West University

Joseph Bosco Bangura (PhD, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium) held various teaching and pastoral ministry positions in Sierra Leone and Belgium, before moving to NorthWest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa in October 2015, where he took up appointment as a postdoctoral fellow in the contextual/intercultural theologies of newer African Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. His latest article, “Hope in the Midst of Death: Charismatic Spirituality, Healing Evangelists and the Ebola Crises in Sierra Leone”, will appear in the April 2016 edition of Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology.


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How to Cite

Bangura, J. B. (2016). Charismatic Appropriations of Edward W. Fasholé-Luke’s Theologia Africana. PentecoStudies, 15(1), 46–69.