Public Theology, Media and National Orientation in Ghana

Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong ORCID iD 

Issue: Vol.4  No.9  Article 7 pp.1101-1109
DOI: |   Published online 15th September, 2023
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This article examined the interface between the church and media and how the interface contributes to the effort toward national orientation with insights from Public Theology in Ghana.  Using the qualitative methodology in its information-gathering approach, the study observed that the church and media remain key social institutions that have an influence on the shaping of public opinion, public behaviour and social responsibilities. The church for instance promotes national orientation through the teaching of moral and ethical values of the Ghanaian society that are consistent with the Bible. The church teaches its members to be honest, hardworking and to contribute to the development of their communities. These values are aligned with Ghana’s national values, which aim to promote social cohesion, nation-building and national development. The church promotes the virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work and respect for authority, which are essential for the development of a responsible and productive citizenry. The study concluded that Public Theology must provide insights for the church and media in Ghana as they seek to use their influence to make significant contributions to national orientation. It further recommends that theological insights such as social watchdogs, social reformers, social referees and hope-givers must be harnessed by the church and media for national orientation.

Keywords: African Christianity, Public Theology, National Orientation, Ghanaian Media

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Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong (PhD) is Senior Lecturer in African Christianity at the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi – Ghana.

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