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Christianity and African Traditional Religion and Worldview A Theological Method of Engagement and Interaction with Religions and Worldviews Revised and Expanded Edition 2019 by Pro Yusufu Turaki

Yusufu Turaki Foundation and Otakada.org Publishing

Christianity and African Traditional Religion and Worldview

A Theological Method of

Engagement and Interaction with Religions and Worldviews

Revised and Expanded Edition 2019

Yusufu Turaki

There are many books that have addressed the subject of this book: “How should Christianity approach the study  of  the  African  traditional  religions”.  Christian  scholars  with  different  Christian  traditions  and backgrounds have propounded many methods. This book is the latest addition to this on-going debate.

The book develops a method of approaching the African traditional religions from an integral Biblical perspective. It stresses the primacy Of the Bible and Biblical revelation as legitimate basis of defining African traditional religions, cultures and worldview. The book argues very strongly that African religion, cultures and worldviews have to be subjected to Biblical authority, definition and teachings, Christianity as a religious system with its sets of beliefs, practices and religious life does not meet an empty traditional  African  mind,  but  one,  which  is  already  preoccupied  with  the  African  traditional  religious thought.  It  is  this  preoccupied  traditional  religious  and  cultural  mind  which  receives,  understands, interprets and applies Christianity in Africa. This traditional religious thought is neither dormant nor docile, but  has  the  power  of  perception,  conception,  understanding,  interpretation  and  application.  When  it receives Christianity, it has the capacity and the ability to re-cast and transform it into its own categories of thought and mentalities. Thus, the profound and dominant influence of this traditional religious thought on African Christians must be recognized and taken very seriously.

The nature and the theological basis of the traditional beliefs in (1) gods, (2) divinities and (3) spirits are examined. These beliefs are defined and interpreted In the light of (1) the traditional religious worldview and (2) the Biblical and Christian theology. The theological implications of these traditional beliefs for doing  a  Biblical  and  Christian  theology  in  Africa  are  highlighted.  The  spiritual  phenomenon  of  the traditional religions is well established. Furthermore, the nature and the theological basis of the traditional beliefs  in  the  mystical,  mysterious  and  unseen  powers  and  forces  are  also  examined.  The  power phenomenon of the traditional religions is also well established.

The centrality ot man in the traditional religious worldview is also well established and this is addressed from the Biblical and Christian teachings on man. The relevance of the traditional theological, philosophical and moral and ethical foundations and the nature and meaning of man are analysed and examined in the light of the Biblical teachings and Christian theology. The primary objective is to understand the inner logic and workings of the traditional religious thought and its religious beliefs and practices. Religious concepts, perceptions, meanings, realities, behaviour and practices that are derived from this traditional religious system are presented and defined in the light of the Bible and Christian theology.

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Yusufu Turaki Foundation and Otakada.org Publishing

Christianity and African Traditional Religion and Worldview

A Theological Method of

Engagement and Interaction with Religions and Worldviews

Revised and Expanded Edition 2019

Yusufu Turaki

There are many books that have addressed the subject of this book: “How should Christianity approach the study  of  the  African  traditional  religions”.  Christian  scholars  with  different  Christian  traditions  and backgrounds have propounded many methods. This book is the latest addition to this on-going debate.

The book develops a method of approaching the African traditional religions from an integral Biblical perspective. It stresses the primacy Of the Bible and Biblical revelation as legitimate basis of defining African traditional religions, cultures and worldview. The book argues very strongly that African religion, cultures and worldviews have to be subjected to Biblical authority, definition and teachings, Christianity as a religious system with its sets of beliefs, practices and religious life does not meet an empty traditional  African  mind,  but  one,  which  is  already  preoccupied  with  the  African  traditional  religious thought.  It  is  this  preoccupied  traditional  religious  and  cultural  mind  which  receives,  understands, interprets and applies Christianity in Africa. This traditional religious thought is neither dormant nor docile, but  has  the  power  of  perception,  conception,  understanding,  interpretation  and  application.  When  it receives Christianity, it has the capacity and the ability to re-cast and transform it into its own categories of thought and mentalities. Thus, the profound and dominant influence of this traditional religious thought on African Christians must be recognized and taken very seriously.

The nature and the theological basis of the traditional beliefs in (1) gods, (2) divinities and (3) spirits are examined. These beliefs are defined and interpreted In the light of (1) the traditional religious worldview and (2) the Biblical and Christian theology. The theological implications of these traditional beliefs for doing  a  Biblical  and  Christian  theology  in  Africa  are  highlighted.  The  spiritual  phenomenon  of  the traditional religions is well established. Furthermore, the nature and the theological basis of the traditional beliefs  in  the  mystical,  mysterious  and  unseen  powers  and  forces  are  also  examined.  The  power phenomenon of the traditional religions is also well established.

The centrality ot man in the traditional religious worldview is also well established and this is addressed from the Biblical and Christian teachings on man. The relevance of the traditional theological, philosophical and moral and ethical foundations and the nature and meaning of man are analysed and examined in the light of the Biblical teachings and Christian theology. The primary objective is to understand the inner logic and workings of the traditional religious thought and its religious beliefs and practices. Religious concepts, perceptions, meanings, realities, behaviour and practices that are derived from this traditional religious system are presented and defined in the light of the Bible and Christian theology.

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