Trajectories of Mutual Zombification in the Praxis of Post-colonial Faith in South Africa

By: Bekithemba Dube  

In this theoretical paper, I tap into Mbembe’s (1992) concept of mutual zombification to start a debate about the need for African decoloniality theology (ADT) for contemporary praxis of Christian faith. Observing the praxis of faith in post-colonial states among the ‘new’ religious movements, I argue that there is a need for theologians to rethink theology in the context of religious mafiarisation, extortion, abuse, constitutional delinquency, political oppression and coloniality of God. I use decoloniality theory to articulate and suggest the need for ADT. I answer the question, what are the trajectories of mutual zombification and how will ADT involve? I submit in this paper that ADT can provide meaning to faith in post-colonial states that is devoid of coloniality, oppression, extortion and constitutional delinquency, a Christian faith where people tap into both modernity and post-modernity, as opposed to mutual zombification that favours abusive religious leaders.

Religion, African Ways of Doing, Decoloniality
2019 Special Focus—Universal Religious Symbols: Mutual Influences and Specific Relationships
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Bekithemba Dube

Lecturer, Education, university of the Free State, South Africa
South Africa