Religion and Social Reconstruction in Africa

Routledge (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 18. Juni 2018
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  • 348 Seiten
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Religion has played a major role in both the division and unification of peoples and countries within Africa. Its capacity to cause, and to heal, societal rifts has been well documented. This book addresses this powerful societal force, and explores the implications of a theology of reconstruction, most notably articulated by Jesse Mugambi. This way of thinking seeks to build on liberation theology, aiming to encourage the rebuilding of African society on its own terms.

An international panel of contributors bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the issues around reconstructing the religious elements of African society. Looking at issues of reconciliation, postcolonialism and indigenous spirituality, among others, they show that Mugambi's cultural and theological insight has the potential to revolutionise the way people in Africa address this issue.

This is a fascinating exploration of the religious facets of African life. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of religious studies, theology and African studies.

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Elias Kifon Bongmba is Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and Professor of Religion at Rice University, USA. He is author of The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa. He is Managing Editor of Religious Studies Review, and President of the African Association for the Study of Religion.

Introduction - Elias Kifon Bongmba

Part I Biblical and Theological Perspectives

- Texts of affirmation rather than negation: Jesse N.K. Mugambi and African Biblical Studies - Knut Holter

- David as a Model for Post-Fallen Humanity - David Adamu

- Olódùmarè: The Hidden God in the Yorùbá Religious Imagination - Enoch Olujide Gbadegesin

- Destiny and Eschatology in Jesse Mugambi's Writings - John Fischer

- Worshipping God the Spirit "in spirit and in truth" in Africa: One African Woman's Reflections on John 4:19-24 - Madipoane Masenya (ngwan'a Mphahlele)

- The Church of the Future: Dialogue on the Ecclesiology of Mugambi - Elias Kifon Bongmba

- Christian Councils in Africa: Whence? Whither: Impressions - Harold Miller

Part II Liberation and Reconstruction

- Postcolonial Positions - Jesse Mugambi and the Christian Responsibility in the Socio-Political Sphere - Mika Vähakangas

- Relating Peace in African Religion to Theologies of Liberation and Reconstruction Essay Contribution to the Festschrift for Professor Jesse Mugambi - John S. Mbiti

- Re-orientation Theology of Reconstruction and Intercultural Theology - Franz Gmainer-Pranzl

- Reconstruction Theology in Action: Exploring the Significance of J.N.K. Mugambi's Theological Contribution through a Case Study of Nairobi Chapel/MavunoChurch in Nairobi, Kenya - Diane Stinton

- Theology of Reconstruction: A Paradigm for Reflection on Revitalization in African Christianity - Kyama Mugambi

- ". Then Towards the Rebuilding of Our Societies Now in Ruins" - Ntozakhe Simon Cezula

- Reconstructing Mission: The Church in Africa in the Service of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation - Philomena Njeri Mwaura

Part III Future Trajectories on Religion and Theology in a Global Context

- Integrity of Mission in Light of the Gospel in Africa: A Perspective from an African in Diaspora - TiteTiéno

- The Reality of African Religio-Cultural Identity in the Context of Globalization - Peter Mutuku Mumo

- On Freedom: Risking a (Faithful) Reinterpretation - James R. Cochrane

- The Challenge Facing the Next Generation of African Theologians: A Tribute to Professor J.N.K. Mugambi - Laurenti Magesa

- Narratives of the Future in African History: The Multiple Futures of Liberation and Reconstruction in Africa - Loreen Maseno

- Theology and African Literature: Rediscovering a Daring Intellectual Project - Abraham Wa Nganga

- Theological Education in Africa: Concerns and Contribution of Professor Jesse N.K. Mugambi - Dickson Nkonge Kagema

- Financial Sustainability of Church Related Organizations: An Empirical Study of Kenya - Bright Mawudor

- Missions and Money Revisited - Jonathan Bonk

- Managing Religious Diversity in Tanzania Islamic Revivalism and New Governance - Frans Wijsen

Part IV A Tribute

- Portrait of a Teacher and Mentor: Jesse Mugambi as Remembered by his Students - Mary Getui

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