The Human Condition: Christian Perspectives Through African Eyes


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Human beings are complex. For all our contemporary knowledge and ability, however wonderful and widely available, people around the world face a crisis of human identity that calls into question the meaning of existence and the basis of moral behaviour.

Responding to these challenges, Joe Kapolyo recognizes both the authority of the Bible, which teaches that people are created in the image of God but also corrupted by rebellion and sin, and the relevance of distinctly African perspectives on what it means to be human. Although he reads these perspectives critically, they lead him to reaffirm the biblical vision of redeemed human life in community in Christ. This vision offers a solution to the crisis of identity experienced by people who have forgotten who they are – and whose they are.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
  3. Selected Bemba Glossary
    1. 1 Concepts of Humankind: Old and New
      1. The Christian vision of human beings
      2. Darwin’s vision of human beings
      3. The Marxist vision of human beings
      4. Ubuntu: an African vision of human nature
      5. The primacy of community
    2. 2 Biblical Perspectives on the Human Condition
      1. The human condition
      2. Jesus: the image of God
    3. 3 The Descent of Man
      1. Sin: a definition
      2. The origins of sin
      3. The consequences of sin
      4. The universal scope of sin
      5. The ways of this world
    4. 4 A Traditional African Anthropology
      1. Deep and surface cultures
      2. When two cultures meet
      3. Some core or foundational cultural values of the Bemba
      4. Ukulilapo
  4. Bibliography

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Joe M. Kapolyo

A native of Zambia, Joe M. Kapolyo was formerly Principal of All Nations Christian College, UK and the Theological College of Central Africa, Ndola, Zambia. He is currently a Baptist minister in Edmonton, north London.

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