The Inculturation of Christianity in Africa: Antecedents and Guidelines from the New Testament and the Early Church by Joseph Osei-BonsuThe Inculturation of Christianity in Africa: Antecedents and Guidelines from the New Testament and the Early Church by Joseph Osei-Bonsu

The Inculturation of Christianity in Africa: Antecedents and Guidelines from the New Testament and…

byJoseph Osei-Bonsu

Paperback | October 5, 2005

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This book demonstrates that the encounter between Christianity and various African cultures gives rise to a number of problems for Africans who become Christians. It draws attention to certain traditional African beliefs and practices that seem to be incompatible with Christianity and create problems for Africans who embrace Christianity. Against this background it argues for the need to inculturate Christianity. It contends that in this exercise African Christianity can learn from the attempts at inculturation found in the New Testament times and in the early church. It offers examples of how the early church sought to make use of non-Christian categories of thought and elements in its articulation of the Christian message and in worship. It suggests a few areas of Ghanaian and African life where inculturation could and should take place. These include funeral rites, widowhood rites, child-naming rites, the rites of marriage, libation and christology. It concludes by offering some guidelines for use in the process of the inculturation of Christianity in Africa today.
The Author: Joseph Osei-Bonsu was born in 1948 and received a B.A. (Hons.) in Theology in 1974 from the University of Durham (England). In 1975, he was ordained a Catholic priest, and received a Ph.D. in New Testament Exegesis in 1980 from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). From 1981 to 1994 he worked as a lecturer in New Testament...
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Title:The Inculturation of Christianity in Africa: Antecedents and Guidelines from the New Testament and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:October 5, 2005Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3631537905

ISBN - 13:9783631537909

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Table of Contents

Contents: The African Christian and Culture – Inculturation in the New Testament – Inculturation in the Early Church – Inculturation of Christianity in Africa Today – Guidelines on Inculturation.

Editorial Reviews

«I would recommend this book to theological practitioners and theological scholars. Both groups of people share the same concerns which, in this case, are the context in which they find themselves, that ist, the cultural context which no human being can live without. This book opens the consciences of individuals to the issue of their need to understand their environment and be informed by the scriptures on how to address this environment.» (Mokhele Madise, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae)