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Facing a Pandemic
The African Church and the Crisis of AIDS
Facing a Pandemic traces the history and spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in Africa and its impact on African society and public policy before considering new priorities needed to combat the pandemic. The central argument is that the theological motif of the image of God invites a prophetic critique of the social environment in which HIV/AIDS thrives and calls for a praxis of love and compassion.
1. Background to HIV/AIDS in Africa
2. The Imago Dei and its Implications for HIV/AIDS
3. HIV/AIDS and the Human Virtues
4. The Imago Dei Invites a Bold Community Praxis
5. The Church, Globalization, and HIV/AIDS
Conclusion: The Challenge of Individual Responsibility and Global Obligation
"Dr. Bongmba here calls upon the African church literally to look into the face of suffering and come to grips with its ethical mission. This plea emerges through the brilliance of his thought, which is rooted in his love for humankind and profound level of understanding of both the social and political dynamics of Africa and the challenges it faces in the international arena. Read this book for the sake of deed and understanding."
—Lewis R. Gordon, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Judaic Studies and Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies at Temple University
This book is a must-read for everyone who wants to know how to couple principled criticism with an intimate understanding of local context in the ongoing global effort to adequately and effectively respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, especially in Africa.
—Simeon O. Ilesanmi, Wake Forest University
Elias K. Bongmba (Ph.D. Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University.