Christianity and the African imagination after the African Synod : resources for inculturation by Aylward Shorter

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Published by Paulines Publications Africa in Nairobi, Kenya .

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  • Christianity -- Africa.,
  • Christianity and culture -- Africa.

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Book details

StatementAylward Shorter.
ContributionsAfrican Synod (1994 : Rome, Italy)
LC ClassificationsBR1360 .S48 1996
The Physical Object
Pagination128 p. ;
Number of Pages128
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Open LibraryOL963734M
LC Control Number95982986

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This enchanted imagination, along with the prosperity gospel, and emphasis on the pastor’s ‘anointing’, are the principal characteristics of much African Pentecostalism. Gifford argues that the enchanted religious imagination militates against development by encouraging fear and distrust, and diminishing human responsibility and agency.

There is an urgent need for dialogue between Christianity and African Indigenous Religion (AIR), because the present version of Christianity and the increase in the membership of AIR is alarming. The missionary version of Christianity accepted by Africans can be described as hypocritical. In this moment he imagined Christian intimacy as a genuine possibility.

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He contends that “Christianity in the Western world lives and moves within a diseased social imagination.”(6) Instead of Christianity being the site of love and intimacy that met at the story of Jesus in the midst of the story of Israel, Christianity was ingested in the colonial project by which “joining often meant oppression, violence Reviews: Religion in Africa.

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Christianity did not precede the working of God and the Holy Spirit among Africans. We have always been a deeply religious people. This was so long before the advent of Christianity and the African world view is at many points more consistent with the biblical world view than that emanating from the West (Tutu ).

Christianity has existed in Africa arguably since a decade after the death of Jesus of Nazareth. With strong cultural ties between Roman Judea (Israel) and the Greco-Roman Egypt (a large Jewish population lived in Alexandria, Egypt), Mark the Evangelist.

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Lewis, Flannery O'Connor, Dorothy Sayers, and Frederick Buechner. Yet for many African Americans, the “white Jesus” which hung on the walls in many church vestibules and sanctuaries legitimated white supremacy, racism, and chattel slavery.

Therefore, making the image of white Jesus a standard religious icon in black churches betrays the meaning of Christ in the Afro-Christian imagination. He has research interests in: African literature, the issue of language in African literature, and religion and African literature. He was recently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University (1 October to 31 March ) where he did research on the theme ‘Christianity and Public Culture in Africa.

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While the idea that Christianity is the “white man’s religion,” “Africans were not Christian,” and that slaves were somehow “powerless and automatically converted to Christianity” dominate the historical and cultural imagination, many of these stories are incomplete and false.

Christianity in Africa arrived in Egypt in the middle of the 1st century. By the end of the 2nd century it had reached the region around the 4th century, the Aksumite empire in modern-day Eritrea and Ethiopia became one of the first regions in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion and the Nubian kingdoms of Nobatia, Makuria and Alodia followed two centuries later.

African literature reflects a tradition of accepting and absorbing Christianity even in spite of some of the methods by which the African people became exposed to the religion. It may come as a surprise to many people who have not studied church history that Christianity has existed in Africa since at least the second century.

Lamin Sanneh, Professor of World Christianity and of History, Yale University "How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind is a bold call to rehabilitate the earliest African contributions to the shaping of world Christianity.

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Thomas C. Oden surveys the decisive role of African Christians and theologians in shaping the doctrines and practices of the church of the first five centuries, and makes an impassioned plea for the rediscovery of that heritage.

Christians throughout the world will benefit from this reclaiming of an important heritage. Editor's Note: This article is posted courtesy of Patheos Book Club. "Come follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." ~ Mark Of all the mysterious moments, he seems most.

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Christianity, Tribalism, and the Rwanda Genocide 6. Kannungu and the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God in Uganda Section Three: Imagination 7. A Different World Right Here: The Church Within African Theological Imagination 8.

Of Faces of Jesus and The Poisonwood Bible 9. Racism: Christian Resources Beyond. This book is open access and available on It is funded by the University of Oslo and Utrecht m, Christianity and Islam are known to privilege words over images.

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Following its legalization in the fourth century Roman Empire, Christianity cultivated a dramatically flourishing devotional piety, in which the bodily senses were utilized as crucial instruments of human-divine. Christianity & Literature is a scholarly journal devoted to the exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience, and practice.

The journal presupposes no particular theological orientation but respects an orthodox understanding of Christianity as a historically defined religious faith. If the cross is denied in our Christian emphasis, then our Christianity has lost its biblical distinctiveness.

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