I follow this blog and one of the reoccurring threads is an attempt to understand Tanzanian faith from within. Rather than imposing Western, in this case Australian, theological categories, the attempt here is to be more immanent, more present to what Tanzanians actually believe. Often this is done through a careful analysis of language. This recent post exemplifies this approach and I recommend reading it even if it feels a bit technical.
Two quick takeaways:
- The communal nature of morality contrasts with Western individualism. Any critique of the prosperity “gospel” in Africa must start by jettisoning the individualism that dominates the West.
- This kind of insight only happens when there is sustained cross-cultural ministry happening in context. Short term engagement or decontextualized analysis are not sufficient for a full understanding.