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African Traditional Religion by
Publication Date: 1970-02-02
This study treats African religion on a comparative basis, gathering material from various parts of the continent. The broad lines of religious belief are sketched. The pantheons, social groups, and spiritual forces at issue in this comparatively homogeneous society are analyzed.
Bantu Philosophy of Life in the Light of the Christian Message by
Publication Date: 1989-01-01
The Bantu Philosophy of life is a type of praeparatio evangelica which not only assimilates the reality of the person of Jesus Christ and his message but is also the cultural medium through which Christ and his message are understood, interpreted, lived and expressed. -Theological inculturation- in this context implies a critical evaluation of Bantu's understanding of life; a comparative approach between the Bantu and the Old Testament; and the identification of the uniqueness and radical novelty which the Gospel presents to the Bantu. The Christological realities of the Kingdom of God and the resurrection of Jesus are presented as fundamental aspects of the Christian message which are not only new to the Bantu's traditional religiosity but also challenge the Bantu to a radically new way of life. The encounter between the Bantu Philosophy of life and the Gospel lays an authentic interculturation, integral liberation and development for which the contemporary Bantu of Western Uganda are striving. Here is a theological reflection which lays a foundation to what may be described as -an African Vitalistic Theology-."
The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology by
Publication Date: 2007-11-17
The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology brings together a set of original and authoritative accounts of all the major areas of current research in Christian systematic theology, offering a thorough survey of the state of the discipline and of its prospects for those undertaking researchand teaching in the field. The Handbook engages in a comprehensive examination of themes and approaches, guiding the reader through current debates and literatures in the context of the historical development of systematic theological reflection. Organized thematically, it treats in detail thefull array of topics in systematic theology, as well as questions of its sources and norms, its relation to other theological and non-theological fields of enquiry, and some major trends in current work. Each chapter provides an analysis of research and debate on its topic, identifying andinterpreting options and laying out the basis for the reader to explore the territory, asking: What are the critical issues? How have these issues developed and been expounded? What are current prospects? The focus is on doctrinal (rather than historical) questions, and on major (rather thanephemeral) debates. The aim is to stimulate readers to reach theological judgements on the basis of consideration of the range of opinion. Drawn from Europe, the UK, and North America, the authors are all leading practitioners of the discipline. Readers will find expert guidance as well ascreative suggestions about the future direction of the study of Christian doctrine.
Realism and Christian Faith by
Publication Date: 2003-03-27
The question of realism - that is, whether God exists independently of human beings - is central to much contemporary theology and church life. It is also an important topic in the philosophy of religion. This book discusses the relationship between realism and Christian faith in a thorough and systematic way and uses the resources of both philosophy and theology to argue for a Christocentric narrative realism. Many previous defences of realism have attempted to model Christian belief on scientific theory but Moore argues that this comparison is misleading and inadequate on both theological and philosophical grounds. In dialogue with speech act theory and critiques of realism by both non-realists and Wittgensteinians, a new account of the meaningfulness of Christian language is proposed. Moore uses this to develop a regulative conception of realism according to which God's independent reality is shown principally in Christ and then through Christian practices and the lives of Christians.
Yahweh in Africa by
Publication Date: 2000-06-22
The twentieth century made the Old Testament an African book. As the ancient texts have been translated into numerous languages and cultures throughout the continent, grass-root readers have found them to reflect their own experience of life, and the growing number of African Old Testament scholars have made various studies where the texts are read in the light of the African religio- and socio-cultural tradition. The present essay collection presents and analyses different aspects of the Old Testament readings in Africa. In particular, their socio-intellectual context is emphasized, and it is argued that Western Old Testament scholarship would benefit from acquainting itself with African readings of the Old Testament.