0000003382 00000 n 0000003167 00000 n This article concerned itself with the modern encounter between Christianity and African Indigenous Religion (AIR) in Africa. appeared laughable under this circumstance. %%EOF In revising this perception, this article reviews Sartre's engagement with the idea of Europe over many decades. This is to say that a single, to the period of time after colonialism or after, of colonial experience occurring outside Europe but as a. colonialism, the struggle for independence, Dened in a very general sense, it is understood as, independence. 0000050214 00000 n It evolved through many centuries, before the westerner come to Africa. 0000004673 00000 n A similar trend was observed In regard to the other customs mentioned, 'success' was much more qualified. 3. and areas of differences which must be refined using the Bible which is seen as the hermeneutics of culture and tradition. 1 Their central thrust is to emphasize the similarities rather than the differences between current movements in the world religions, particularly Christianity … to cause sicknesses to cease (Ikenga-Metuh 1991:80). Further, the commission’s investigations, findings and recommendations are critically examined. (1998), adapted by the authors to suit the contents of the participants’ God talk. Difference between Religion and Christianity. Dr. Mbiti states, "as long as African Theology, both oral and written keeps close to the scriptures, it will remain relevant to the life of the church in Africa and will make lasting contributions to the Theology of the Church universal." While culture is certainly obvious to anyone who has participated in the encounter that technical assistance implies, its implication is not well understood, especially if we can expand culture beyond styles of dress and something that East Europeans have and Western experts don't. trailer In fact, the question of inculturation, Christianity, because Christianity must be Christocentric. 0000012870 00000 n hold and to speak their own mind (Gort 2008:758). This left them in a very uncomfortable dilemma when rank and file Xhosa Christians were unwilling to abandon the customs. AIR. Part two provides a condensed historical survey of the attitude of Christianity toward the world outside itself: the approach of the church to other religions changed from initial appreciation through a long phase of rejection to an increasingly affirmative posture in recent times. 0000119327 00000 n The article interrogates several facets of Banana’s liberationist view of justice with regard to the land issue, including (a) speaking truth to political power, regardless of consequences; (b) bearing a prophetic witness vis-à-vis the church’s own complicity in wrongdoing; as well as (c) making a distinction between the selective acts of “liberating violence” and the systemic violence inherent in unjust socio-political structures. 0000049650 00000 n meaningful interreligious dialogue in Africa. Bascom, W.R. & Herskovits, M.J. Postcolonial theory also, destabilises dominant discourse in the developed, challenges ‘inherent assumptions’ and critiques the ‘material. punish the families. xref vast continent of Africa into one, and ignore the differences of culture, belief and practise. Commonalities between Christianity and Africa Traditional Religion Creator God The supreme being in most African Traditional Religions is seen as the creator of humans and all other living things. to reach happiness and self-fulfillment, and romantic partner choice became a new ideal, Such commonality may include common, dialogue should start with nonreligious issues, reecting the. 0000016821 00000 n In the process of dialogue. The, They were perceived as expressions of ‘heathen unbelief and. In the second half of the nineteenth century, a number of traditional Xhosa social customs were opposed by missionaries who tried to insist that their Xhosa converts abstain from all observance or participation on pain of discipline, even expulsion from the church. 0000007446 00000 n African traditional religion is another source for African Theology. Robert de Nobili (1577–1656) were some, missionary attitudes were still guided by ‘unbridled feelings, people of different religious beliefs and, example was in 1969 in Kampala, where Muslims assisted at, Theologians (EATWOT) in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, in 1976, N’sengha 1996:536). Equally, a greater and more rigorous focus on whiteness as a racial category has much to offer to our understandings of the historical operations of colonialism and its ongoing effects. 0000013531 00000 n We focus on the over 100 years of Christianity in northern Nigeria, with particular emphasis on the Tiv of central Nigeria. <<1EAFBC79B2C4B8499277247EEB4D2465>]/Prev 389426/XRefStm 3167>> 0000031901 00000 n This is one of the remarkable differences between commitment to Christianity and commitment to the African religious heritage. Different fathers played a role in the development of this religion. 0000010792 00000 n the above structure is real (Olupona & Rey 2008:94). 6 Wilson, Reaction, p. 166; also Soga, The Ama-Xosa, p. 219. achieving genuine dialogue with AIR (1996:551–552): words, ‘pejorative terminology’ must be banished. The author’s research has shown that the relatively long presence of Christian mission work in Nigeria (especially amongst the Tiv) has not significantly altered the world view of the professed adherents of Christian faith, as it remains largely traditional rather than biblical. 0000122131 00000 n The reason for the secret practice was that the missionaries, by the 19th century, opposed to traditional African practices that they considered barbaric. The answer to this is both simple and complex. The goal of this article is to examine the contextualisation practices, successes and failures of early western missionaries, using literary critical analysis of contemporary literature and cultural phenomenological analysis, and to propose approaches to a biblical inculturation of Christianity in contemporary indigenous societies. Both Christianity and African traditional religion believes that the Supreme Being is good, loving, merciful, benevolent, honest, wise and all – knowing (omniscience). This is a 3-hour summary lecture on the basic components of African Traditional Religions. In the United States former slaves obtained the right to marry and to formalize existing bonds after the Civil War, leading to a convergence in marriage patterns between the black and white population. Since Christianity came in contact with the traditional religion, there has always been a sharp conflict between traditionalists and Christians. This work supported the authors’ classroom communities to move from dialogue toward collective action. African Traditional Religions are specific to each ethnic group on the continent. Christianity has to address this traditional religious holism/organism and its … Their number of differences will be mentioned below. Native Laws, Minutes of Evidence, p. 465, no. It calls for the re-conceptualisation of RE de-linked from colonial/Eurocentric thought patterns and presents an ‘envisioned’ decolonised RE (post-confessional, inclusive and multi-faith) that speaks to the political and socio-cultural reality of a postcolonial environment in sub-Saharan Africa. 0000140183 00000 n 0000122534 00000 n This helps to curtail the hypocrisy of many Christians and churches who practise these traditional religious values and provide them with a searchlight to rediscover and modify the elements in their traditional and religious values. spirits, ancestors, one’s family and community, but, 2002:23). After engaging in a dialogue with the biblical values and Akan traditional religious values on a common platform, it was identified that there are basic concepts of commonalities that exist between them, which include common belief in God, family systems, sacrifices, naming ceremonies, prayers, belief in ancestors, etc. to speak and produce alternative to dominant discourse. no unanimous agreement as to whether it is religions in, Africans are notoriously religious and there are different, beliefs and tradition according to ethnic groups. This paper focuses on the conicts between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. The authors explain how these tensions troubled the ways in which humanizing practices are cultivated within constricting institutional, What are the mutual implications of cultural politics and technical assistance? text of Didache 1:4b. The principal objective of postcolonial feminism is to rethink the oppression of women through the lens of colonization and slavery. than the plural expression’ (Mbiti 1990:13). (viii) Traditional African marriage is an alliance between two families but the Christian marriage is a union … 0000141619 00000 n ... enabled African traditions to co-exist alongside the dominant world religions f o Christianity and Islam, and in many cases to form a syncretistic and eclectic religious ... whether African Traditional Religion should be termed … This justies our using the term. This thinking about Europe is to be situated, first, in terms of Sartre's evolving philosophical project to reconcile freedom and facticity, and second, in political and intellectual contestations over Europe in the context of fascism and the Second World War, postwar international relations, and the emergence of the Third World. In a later post I will discuss some of the differences or contrast between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. The argument in this paper is that sub-Saharan Africa should yearn for a paradigm shift not only to ensure the decolonisation of the RE curriculum, but also crucially to challenge embedded colonial residues inherent in stakeholders ‘manning the gates’ ensuring that decolonised RE is supported and implemented effectively in the curriculum and schools. For centuries, African Traditional Religion in its myriad of forms was practiced by the majority of Africans, but in the last fifty years Christianity and Islam have become more prominent. The Christian believes that similarities and differences in the great spiritual traditions practiced around the world today. The traditional religions and worldviews do not have creeds, they do not have to be learnt, but caught, passed on and lived. 0000008666 00000 n Amongst all this intellectual activity, however, the question of whiteness and colonialism remains a significant and curious absence. During 2017 and 2018 a study was conducted by the authors with 30 men serving long-term sentences in Correctional Centre A, Zonderwater Management Area in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article brings into dialogue Christian theology, religious freedom, human rights and the constitution, philosophy and sociology of religion to reflect on the essence of religion and freedom of religion in the context of undesirable and dangerous religious practices. 0000119002 00000 n Christianity, from its inception, has always demonstrated a conscious effort to communicate the gospel in ways that engender transformation. No person can be forced to remain Christian against one's will. It is essentially a postcolonial approach to what AIR and its essential characteristics is: God and humanity, sacrifices, afterlife and ancestors. 0000119125 00000 n discursive legacies of colonialism’ (Bahri 1996:1). 0000101182 00000 n Traditional African religion does not show any belief in the Trinity. Part one looks briefly at the matter of religion itself. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality to argue that cultural production is always most productive where it is most ambivalent. Indigenous, on the other hand, means ‘aboriginal, home-, generations. As it is, are missionary religions; the adherents of. But before going into these two matters it would be well to begin with a few preliminary remarks about religion in general. INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION. Love (2001) and Nash (2001) discuss the differences between religion and spirituality. 0000013013 00000 n who really converts and not the one who holds the dialogue. Instead, if we can think also about, Jean-Paul Sartre's 1961 famous and infamous preface to Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth has engendered the common impression of Sartre as an intellectual who was particularly hostile to Europe. No longer was reference made to African culture, it became barbarism. 0000123682 00000 n In this way, suspicion will be reduced, because despite the adherents� confession of Christianity, AIR is not about to be extinct. 0000074166 00000 n The traditional religious view in Igbo concept of death is that a man is dead when his soul leaves the body for the land of the dead . The dance is to prevent evil in after days, just as when a woman is married, dancing at her kraal takes place lest evil should arrive.' 0000142063 00000 n 0000005353 00000 n In Western Europe marriage was increasingly regarded as the only way Inter-religious relations, especially, among African Traditional Religion (ATR) worshippers, Muslims and Christians are becoming sources of social tension and violence. 0000121076 00000 n While both Christianity and African religion have a concept of a Supreme Being, Christians believe in a God who exists in three persons. 0000120016 00000 n peace despite different religious tradition. This separated Ghanaians, including Akans from their traditional religious values for the biblical values of the Judeo-Christian scriptures; making them Christians who are cut off from their traditional religious values. The significance of cultural know-how and language, the distribution of business competence in general and in specific tasks, and the articulation of these assessments with the power relations implied in transition culture and center-periphery relations are the main substantive foci of the paper. predominantly a non-Western religion. 4 evil, it is corrective, disciplinary, or punitive. In addition, it helps to dispel illusion, remove suspicion and minimise conflict, and to enable the Akans, Ghanaians, or Africans while maintaining their traditional religious values adhere to the teachings of the Bible. 0000032382 00000 n A critical Christian reflection on CRL Rights Commission’s proposal to regulate religion in South Africa, The search for interreligious convivance, ongoing challenge and charge, The Empire Writes Back: Theory and practice in post-colonial literatures, The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters, In Dialogue with African Traditional Religion, Etymology in Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Continuity and Change in African Cultures, MISSIONARIES, XHOSA CLERGY & THE SUPPRESSION OF TRADITIONAL CUSTOMS, Re-Orienting Whiteness: A New Agenda for the Field, Mutual Engagement in Spaces of Tension: Moving From Dialogue Toward Action Across Multiple Contexts, Cultural Encounters and Claims to Expertise in Post-Communist Capitalism. 0000119628 00000 n In addition, the description of Bascom and Herskovits (1959) is still correct when they say: is to be seen in worship of African deities, the homage. 0000049383 00000 n The beliefs and practices of the traditional religions in Africa can enrich Christian theology and spirituality." However, substantial numbers of people (including nearly six-in-ten Nigerians and Rwandans) say religious conflict is a very big problem in their country. It was also emphasised that. Our work is based on the conviction that the construction of whiteness and the phenomena of European colonialism are fundamentally interconnected, and that whiteness studies must be “Re-Oriented” to take this into account. 0000049454 00000 n The question confronting religious people today is how to foster the removal of interhuman divisions and the promotion of justice and peace. These statements await further exploration by African theologians. Postcolonial theory is concerned, service of the coloniser’s interests and, the powerful and the powerless. 0000005295 00000 n indigenous practices (Mercado 2004, 2005:99). 0000121450 00000 n Ashcro, B., Griths, G. & Tins, H., 1989. 0000050045 00000 n It critiques the missionary/European epistemological hegemony that continues to render RE a colonial rather than a postcolonial project. As its Saidian-inspired title, Guided by a critical race praxis for educational research lens, the authors worked individually alongside their students in a K–12 or higher education classroom, embracing spaces of tension derived from the push and pull between oppression and liberation. In a world of turbulent political and economic change, marriage and the family remained safe havens, the linchpins of society that they had been for centuries. Unlike the colonial encounter with AIR, which was characterised by hostility and the condemnation of AIR, the postcolonial encounter should be characterised by mutual respect, understanding, tolerance, and some level of freedom, liberation and genuineness. 0000140651 00000 n 0000013560 00000 n Sartre's contribution to these debates was an adumbration of a “knotted Europe,” the provincialization of Europe whilst retaining a commitment to universalism, and a notion of Europe as an ongoing project rather than an ossified identity. or aboriginal; a set of these beliefs or customs. The article closes by highlighting some possible dangers of regulating religion in a context riddled by economic inequality such as in South Africa. should be characterised by mutual respect, understanding. the adherents’ confession of Christianity, AIR is not about to be extinct. except what the Supreme Being permits them, reincarnated (Oborji 2002:24); therefore, ancestors are people. 0000119910 00000 n It is the religion which resulted from the sustaining faith held by the forebears of the present Africans, and which is being practised today in various … This supreme being is viewed in different forms and dwelling places, yet he is the almighty. 0000141484 00000 n but material interests remained nevertheless guiding principles in the selection of a partner for life. They are invoked to share at gatherings, (Oborji 2002:24). 0000121585 00000 n In Africa, there, on the Ultimate Reality without absolutizing. Traditional African Religion • 1. 0000120970 00000 n The nature of the two classes of religions are very different from each other. 0000048693 00000 n Foreign anthropologists from late 19thc. The traditionalist performs some ritualistic ceremonies before … The African Traditional Religion has no founder. Western theology, as, to interaction with traditional African Religion especially, spirituality is an important aspect that Christianity can learn, ancestral level of the spirit world and life to the highest level. In theory, intonjane was the female rite of passage at the onset of first menses, marking the passage from girlhood to adulthood and eligibility for marriage. This bitter conflict has led to wanton destruction of lives and property, and this has become a source of great worry to … © 2008-2020 ResearchGate GmbH. practiced in Africa. In the African Traditional religion there's no specific day for worship while in Christianity there is specific day for worship. In addition, the 19-nation survey finds: 1. Rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity - one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. 5 As a spokesperson explained to the Commission: 'When a girl arrives at the age of puberty she must be danced for. 0000118931 00000 n The evangelistic mandate of Christianity and the very nature of Jehovah God encompasses all ethnic groups on the planet. 0000139660 00000 n signals, Re-Orienting Whiteness emerges from our desire to address this gap by pushing “whiteness studies” toward a more sustained engagement with critical postcolonial thought and the history of colonialism. determined by orthopraxy and not by orthodoxy. 0000004433 00000 n In Christianity, prayers are offered to God through a medium, Jesus Christ and in traditional african religion, prayers are offered to God through a medium, ifa or sango or amadioha etc. This chapter concludes with a look at the compromises and outcomes arrived at in the churches i n the early twentieth century. Apart from the theological and spiritual, differences and concerns, there are concerns, have the church for his mother’ (cited by Gort 2008:748). be seen as the ‘kingdom of darkness’ (Gort 2008:748). research on dialogue with Islam and AIR in Africa. 0000100343 00000 n According to the ordinary meaning. 2. Kindly read thoroughly and take notes if you must. They counteracted various derogatory names given to AIR. The theme of Christianity and its relation. 0000140065 00000 n 0000048971 00000 n 1279. In this essay I would like to touch briefly on the historical and contemporary attitudes of Christianity toward other religions and then sketch out what in my view are the four main levels of interreligious dialogue. Participants’ views of God are thematised according to sets of God-images, firstly, as identified by Van der Ven in his book God Reinvented? Although the majority of Africans today are adherents of Christianity or Islam, African people often combine the practice of their traditional belief with the practice of Abrahamic religions. of AIR, whose religion is not a missionary religion. common ground is the local myth’ (Panikkar 1975:407–409). The three dimensions do not exist in the Christian understanding. The degree of concern about religious co… This is called the Trinity. This paper focuses on claims made in in depth interviews with 27 indigenous managers, expatriate managers, American interns and local fellows in the William Davidson Institute 1995 research projects. This certainly included critique, but also nuanced and positive considerations of. African Religions and Beliefs. 0000003533 00000 n By the beginning of the twentieth century, only the campaign against utywala and other alcoholic beverages had been an unqualified 'success' in that abstention was accepted in practice as a requirement for membership in good standing in almost all mission churches. Christianity is different from all other religions. 0000004158 00000 n The search for interreligious convivance, ongoingchallengeand charge This essay deals with the relationship between Christianity and other religions. Religion in Africa. %PDF-1.4 %���� It is essentially a postcolonial approach to what AIR and its essential characteristics is: God and humanity, sacrifices, afterlife and ancestors. In part three, the author delineates his concept of the four facets of dialogue: that of histories, of theologies, of spiritualities, and of life. worldwide, and everywhere it was a rite of passage with major cultural significance. It does so primarily against the backdrop of the historical analysis of the ways in which power operated at the intersection of religion and politics during the first three decades after Zimbabwe’s attainment of political independence (1980). A former missionary who visited Nigeria, Harry Sawyer, reported that: I have never been able to see any actual performance, but one night, travelling by car up to the college on. Christians − are part of God’s activity in the world and, one’s partner seriously and seek to learn from their religious, Christian community to the human community of which is a. community as the locus of God’s activity. 1.1. The Christian message calls people out of earthly kingdoms into the Kingdom of God. 0000032453 00000 n Differences between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. 0000123216 00000 n In their quest to bring Christianity to Africa in general, and Ghana in particular, the missionaries downplayed and discarded the African traditional religious values. This shift is explained by a number of causal factors that gave rise to new understandings regarding God's work in the world and Christian mission, which in turn led to the emergence of various theologies of religion. 153–175, University of Witwatersr, The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial,and. 0000123605 00000 n Because God is just and Holy, He demands justice and holiness of His people. 1 As subordinate agents, Xhosa clergy had very limited opportunities to advance views and positions that differed from their missionary mentors on any issue upon which the latter had categorical views. the Christian faith will have on them during childhood. Basis of Sanctification. There, 1990:3–5). Second, we will examine how postcolonial feminism emerged in reaction to androcentric analyses within Postcolonial Studies and to the ethnocentric dimensions of hegemonic feminism, though filiations are acknowledged. partners speak; therefore, it is imperative not to overlook the. 0000119987 00000 n Dialogue education should be embraced. 0000119250 00000 n does not necessarily mean indigenous. The participants’ (re)constructed God-images are divided into two categories: images that feed on the binary between divine and human (transcendence) and images that function in the dialogical spaces between divine and human where the incarcerated have internalised an external God (immanence). Despite their many obvious synergies, there has been remarkably little cross-fertilization between these approaches to understanding the modalities of race, past and present. The lack of a 'strengthening' aspect (i.e., witchcraft as many missionaries saw it) or invocations helped to mask this second aspect of the rite. African Traditional Religion and Christianity agree that God has made covenants with humans. Monographs and edited collections have proliferated across and between numerous disciplines. However, Mbiti later accepts the use. Whilst there were responses, of Black culture. community of various religious faith’ (Adamo 1989:82–88). the deity or the ancestors. Natural religions are indigenous and automatically a part of the person’s life, while salvation religions have to be converted into. Often they blend together either Christianity or Islam with their traditional beliefs, creating a hybrid religion that is distinctly African. 0000122054 00000 n religious dialogue at the academic level in Africa. gesture to the beyond ...’ (Bhabha 1994:4). This is effectively investigated by examining contending and complimentary claims to expertise among those differently located in the process of transition and technical assistance. a result, Christian religion is absolutised (Ariarajah 1976:5). african american religion a confluent of african traditional religion and christianity Oct 28, 2020 Posted By Patricia Cornwell Library TEXT ID 9865ecd9 Online PDF Ebook Epub Library christianity and the african traditional religions the postcolonial round of engagement author david t adamo1 affiliation 1research … 6 Among the southern Nguni, the custom did not involve instruction in sexual matters and techniques, or Native Laws, Minutes of Evidence, p. 87, no. Secondly, the ‘God-images in Africa’ were applied. There is no one “African Traditional; Religion”, there are many, and Christianity could be said to be one of them, since it has been in Africa as long as it has been in Europe, and almost as long as it has been in Asia. region. 0000120384 00000 n missionary/colonial) and the neo-confessional approach of the present that promotes some religions like Christianity or Islam and excludes/demonises 'others', particularly AIR as reflected in the language of RE, Since whiteness studies made its dramatic entrance into the U.S. academy in the early 1990s it has generated tremendous scholarly output. 0000100069 00000 n One of the other areas of conflict between the traditional religion and Christianity in Igbo nation is in burial ceremonies. 0000141135 00000 n What do the recommendations of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) to regulate religion in South Africa reflect about the commission’s understanding of religion in the country? take more objective view, seeing some value in social functions of African religions • 3. 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