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Theology Brewed in an African Pot

ISBN13: 9781570757952

ISBN10: 157075795

Publisher: ORBIS BOOKS

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  • Using a framework of excerpts drawn from Chunua Achebes well-known, Things fall Apart. The author presents major themes of Christian doctrine: God, Trinity, Grace, Creation, Sin, Jesus Christ, Mary, Church and Saints, and clarifies the differences between the African view of religion and the more Eurocentric one. Includes three discussion questions and one or two African prayers at the end of each chapter.

    Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator is a Jesuit priest from Nigeria who teaches theology and religious studies at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies in Nairobi, Kenya, where he is also rector. The African religious universe is populated with many gods, spirit beings, and ancestors. The sacred is present in every aspect and department of life, and the Divine can be experienced everywhere. As Orobator puts it: "Simply put, African spirituality is a spirituality of life; it is a celebration of life in all its dimensions." The author uses excerpts from Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart (an account of the encounter between missionary Christianity and traditional African expressions and beliefs) as a catalyst to probe various components of Christian theology such as God, the Trinity, creation, grace and sin, Jesus Christ, the church, Mary and the saints. Orobator also includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter and African prayers.
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