(Cfr. A guide for Teaching African Traditional Religion). To awaken the interest of participants in African Religion and Culture. To prepare and dispose them for interreligious dialogue. To help them appreciate the lasting values of African Religion. To help students appreciate the urgency of inculturation of the Christian faith in Africa.
Misconceptions about African Religion; The Debate around the nomenclature and terminology; Sources in African Religion; Essential characteristics or elements of African Religion: God and Man in AR, Good and Evil in AR, Sacrifice in AR; The life after and the life-end in AR; Ancestor veneration in AR; Revelation in African Religion, The salvific value of African Religion; Vatican II and African Religion: African Religion in the Documents of the Church and the Changing attitudes of the Catholic Church; African Synods and the African Religion; African Religion in the dialogue debate; Pastoral attention to the African Religion.
BUJO, B., African Theology in Its Social Context, Pauline’s Publications Africa, Nairobi, 1992. DICKSON, K. & ELLINGWORTH, P., eds., Biblical Revelation and African Beliefs, London, 1969. ID., Aspects of Religion and Life in Africa, Accra, 1977. IDOWU, E. B., African Traditional Religion, A definition, London, 1973. MAGESA, L., African Religion: The Moral Traditions of the Abundant Life, Paulines Publications, Nairobi, 1988. ID., African Religion in Dialogue Debate: From Intolerance to Coexistence, Lit Verlag GmbH & Co.KG WIEN, Berlin, 2010. MBITI, J.S., African Religions and Philosophy, London, 1969. ID., Introduction to African Religion, London, 1975. ID., Concepts of God in Africa, 2nd ed., Acton Publishers, Nairobi, 2012. OBORJI, F.A., Trends in African Theology since Vatican II: A Missiological Orientation, Leberit, Rome 1998. ID., Towards A Christian Theology of African Religion: Issues of Interpretation and Mission, Amecea Gaba Publications, 2005. PARRINDER, G, African Traditional Religion, SPCK, 1968. Website: www.afrikaworld.net NB: we shall also look at documents such as Nostra Aetate, Dialogue and Proclamation, Dialogue and Mission, and Redemptoris Missio. Extended bibliography and other references will be given during the course.