Elenco corsi a.a. 2018/2019
Anno accademico 2018/2019

Religioni africane e teologia delle religioni RA0307

Sede di Gerusalemme
Secondo semestre


To awaken the interest of students in African religion and culture. To present an essential framework of traditional African religion. To foster the encounter of Christian faith and African religion. To prepare and dispose students for interreligious dialogue, particularly with the African religion.


1. Misconceptions about African religion. 2. The debate around nomenclature and terminology. 3. Sources in African religion. 4. Essential characteristics or elements of African religion: God and man; good and evil; sacrifice; life-end and afterlife; ancestor veneration; revelation; salvific value. 5. African religion in the documents and life of the Catholic Church: Council Vatican II; African Synods; changing attitudes. 6. African religion in the dialogue debate. 7. Pastoral attention to the African religion. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: appreciate the lasting values of African religion; recognize the urgency of inculturation of the Christian faith in Africa; be prepare to engage in a fruitful interreligious dialogue, particularly with African religion.


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