A Critical Anthropological and Theological Investigation towards Intercultural Dialogue


  • Francis Appiah-Kubi Kwame Nkrumah University, Kumasi


Church, Cultural Rationality, Intercultural Dialogue, Interculturality, Multicultural World, Person, Relationality, Parenthood of God, Pluralism


The situation of the world today, as well as every culture’s vocation, calls for intercultural dialogue as a guiding concept, open to the future, when faced with the various interpretations of pluralism. From anthropological and theological perspectives, this article, after delving into an overview of the historic encounter between the African and the European cultures, seeks to drum home the significance of African religious cultural rationality; it stresses on how the ecclesiological paradigm for Africa, the Church Family of God, contributes to the appreciation of intercultural dialogue in the context of pluralism. The objective, then, is to evaluate dialogue’s potential within the integration of different cultures. The path of dialogue becomes possible and fruitful when based on the awareness of each individual’s dignity and of the unity of all people in a common humanity, aiming at sharing and building up together a common destiny.

Author Biography

Francis Appiah-Kubi, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kumasi

Rev. Fr Dr Francis Appiah-Kubi, Senior Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, is the former Head of the Department of the Religious Studies Department at the Faculty of Social Science in the KNUST. He holds PhD degree from Institut Catholique de Paris (2005) with specialization in Ecclesiology, and Catholic University, Leuven (PhD in Systematic Theology, 2005). He was a formator and lecturer of Systematic Theology in St Peter’s Major Seminary, Cape Coast from 2005-2011. He is a member of Comitheol, a theological Committee at the service of African Bishops, SECAM. Among his publications are: L’Eglise Famille de Dieu: Un chemin pour les Eglises d’Afrique(2008); The Theology of Priesthood: Understanding the Specificity of the Catholic Priesthood (2015). Email:


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How to Cite

Appiah-Kubi, F. (2019). CULTURAL RATIONALITY AND AFRICAN RELIGIOUS CULTURE: A Critical Anthropological and Theological Investigation towards Intercultural Dialogue . Asian Horizons, 13(04), 629–646. Retrieved from