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Controversies about theologies of healing and health

CIHA Blog Co-Editor and UKZN Professor Simangaliso Kumalo delivered a keynote address at the ‘All Africa Conference of Churches’ in Nairobi- Kenya, titled ‘Controversies about theologies of healing and health’.

The Conference was attended by Church leaders from all over the continent of Africa. The carefully selection of presenters focused on the controversies that have developed in churches vis-à-vis the methods employed in the ministry of healing.  Professor Kumalo’s paper expounded upon healing from a Biblical, western medical perspective, African indigenous practice/s and the Pentecostal praxis. He proposed that the Church/es need to learn from the African indigenous understanding of healing which is holistic, all-embracing and communal. He based his argument on the philosophy of collective existentialism, where the well-being of one or none thereof, applies to the other/s.

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