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Tempels, Placide
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(Feb 18, 1906, Berlaar, Belgium – Oct 9, 1977, Hasselt, Belgium), influential, sometimes controversial Franciscan theologian in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo, Democratic Republic; 1933–1962) and founder of Jamaa. Tempels criticized the colonial mentality and traditional mission methods. By taking indigenous concepts such as “fertility” and “vital force” seriously (Bantoe-Filosofie, 1945/1946, many trans.; ET: Bantu Philosophy, 1959), he sparked a dialogue between theology and African ontology (Notre rencontre, 1962). Church authorities w…

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Ustorf, Werner, “Tempels, Placide”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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