Wisdom from John Mbiti February 21, 2020 by Joe Pagano In African Theology , Theology , Theology of Religions Leave a comment If anyone is interested in John Mbiti’s understanding of the relationship between Christianity and African religions, here is a brief excerpt from my new book. His Christian upbringing encouraged his educational journey through the African Inland Church. Kwame Bediako (1993). As John Mbiti notes, the African view of the person can be summed up in this statement:" I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am. " Get Access to Full Text. John Mbiti’s contribution to African theology. John Samuel Mbiti (30 November 1931 – 5 October 2019) was a Kenyan-born Christian religious philosopher and writer.He was an ordained Anglican priest, and as of 2005 a canon.. Mbiti is an Emeritus professor at the University of Bern and parish minister to the town of Burgdorf, Switzerland.. Mbiti died at a nursing home in Burgdorf, Switzerland on 5 October 2019 at the age of 87. Religious Plurality in Africa: Essays in Honour of John S. Mbiti (pp. He studied, first in his native Kenya, and thereafter in Uganda before taking his d octorate in 1963 at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The article focuses on the works of Vincent Mulago, John S. Mbiti, Kwame Bediako, and J. N. K. Mugambi – the key John Mbiti was born on 30 November 1931 in Mulago, Kitui County, eastern Kenya. of John Mbiti's Understanding of the African Concept of Time A. Scott Morea• 36 John Mbiti has become well known over the last twenty years as one of the major black African theologians. Prof Mbiti picked the Bible and Biblical Theology as the most important cornerstone of African Christianity since “it was the basis of any theological reflection” but that “biblical theology will have to reflect the African situation and understanding of it to be an original contribution to the theology of the Church Universal.” From 2005 up until his death in 2019, Mbiti was an Emeritus professor at the University of Bern and parish minister to the town of Burgdorf, Switzerland. His immense contributions to the formation of academic African theology and philosophy cannot be underestimated.1 The interest of this paper is in his theological reflections on salvation in African Christianity as presented in one of his books on theology in Africa. John Samuel Mbiti was a Kenyan-born Christian religious philosopher and writer. ' One obvious conclusion to be drawn from this dictum i s that, as far as Africans are concerned, the reality of the commu- John S. Mbiti was born on November 30, 1931 in Kenya. John S. Mbiti is one of the doyens of Christian theology in Africa. John Mbiti’s contribution to African theology Bediako, Kwame. Prof. John S. Mbiti was born on November 30, 1931 in Kenya. Ordained a pastor in the Anglican Church, he taught theology and religion for many years at Makerere University in Uganda. The next section examines the contribution of J ohn S. Mbiti to a theology of identity and community . 367–390). Child of two farmers, Samuel Mutuvi Ngaangi and Valesi Mbandi Kiimba, he is one of six children and was raised in a strong Christian environment. 30,00 € / $42.00 / £23.00. Like Mulago, Mbiti draws heavil y upon the African indigenous-religious heritag e, and focuses This article examines four theologies of identity and community from Africa and their relevance in combating ethnocentrism in Africa. Citation Information.