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Reconceiving the Theology of Procreation in Response to Stigmatisation of Childlessness1

Authors
  • Wang, Gladys1
  • 1 Presbyterian Church, Cameroon , (Cameroon)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Holiness
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Feb 04, 2022
Volume
7
Issue
1
Pages
4–14
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/holiness-2021-0002
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Research Article
License
Green

Abstract

This article, based on the author’s doctoral research, offers a theological response to the traditional attitudes towards childlessness within the Bakossi community of South West Cameroon. Research reveals a prevalent negative attitude towards those—both men and women—who do not have children. This stigmatization is often reinforced within Christian communities by a reading of scripture that interprets the command to ‘be fruitful and multiply’ as referring exclusively to biological reproduction. In contrast to this, an African cultural feminist hermeneutic can be used to argue for a more holistic interpretation of scripture, one that draws out God’s concern for family, community and creation.

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