Theology of the Family: A response to Postmodern Challenges Facing the Family Institution in African Context

AUTHOR : Francis Appiah-Kubi & Isaac Karkari
ISSUE: February 2019 Volume 1 Number 1 Article 10
PAGES : 118 – 127
DOI : 10.32051/02211910

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Abstract

The concept of the family and its importance to the human development has been subjected to diverse social and cultural reality checks. The society in which we live is increasingly secularized and does not favour the growth of faith with the consequence that many Christians struggle to bear witness to a style of life in accordance with the Gospel, and so with regard to the sacrament of marriage. Indeed diverse cultures have their constructs for the family and pose a threat to its usefulness and universal appropriation in contemporary times. Understanding the reality of the family from a biblical perspective enables us to provide theological foundation of the community of human existence which the family remains a basic truth. Catholic theology has remained focused in its teachings and doctrinal formulations in safeguarding marriage and the family as divinely instituted human community from postmodern vicissitudes. This article tries to furnish theological response to the many rampaging, both positive and negative exchanges confronting marriages and families. It emphasizes theologically on the need to return to the biblical principle for family life.

Keywords: Humanization, Personhood, socialization, Marriage, Extended Family, Individuality, Community, Postmodernism, sociality.

Authors Biodata:FRANCIS APPIAH-KUBI, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. ISAAC OSEI KARKARI is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, KNUST.