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The gospel in context: Hiebert’s critical contextualisation and charismatic movements in Sierra Leone

Joseph B. Bangura
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2061 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2061 | © 2016 Joseph B. Bangura | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 November 2015 | Published: 29 September 2016

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Joseph B. Bangura, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


This article examines the process of contextualisation adopted by charismatic movements (CMs) in Sierra Leone. In it I use Hiebert’s model of critical contextualisation to evaluate the biblical depth and cultural sensitivity of the CMs’ contextualisation. Three ongoing cultural issues are especially highlighted as crucial and are used as the point of departure in the discussions: initiation ceremonies, polygamous marriage practices and ancestral rituals. The article concludes that, whilst the danger of syncretism is likely to occur where uncritical forms of contextualisation are employed, the CMs in Sierra Leone are attempting to address themes that are concurrent with the African sensibilities of its followers. This is an effort to build authentic forms of Christianity that are faithful to Holy Scripture and relevant to the setting in which they are developed.


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