FOUNDATIONS OF AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION AND WORLDVIEW - Revised Edition 2019

Author: Professor Yusufu Turaki

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9798351786445

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This book is an introduction to the foundations of African traditional religions and worldview. The theological basis of the traditional belief- in (1) gods, (2) divinities and (3) spirits are examined. These beliefs are defined and interpreted in the light of (1) the traditional religious worldview and (2) with some clarifications from the Biblical and Christian theology. The theological implications of these traditional beliefs and worldview are essential for developing and formulating a relevant Biblical and Christian theology in Africa. The traditional theological, philosophical and moral and ethical foundations and the nature and meaning of man are analysed and examined. RELIGION AND SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY
FOUNDATIONS OF AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION AND WORLDVIEW

Author: Professor Yusufu Turaki

Publisher: Otakada Inc

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Category: Social Science

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This book is an introduction to the foundations of African traditional religions and worldview. The theological basis of the traditional belief- in (1) gods, (2) divinities and (3) spirits are examined. These beliefs are defined and interpreted in the light of (1) the traditional religious worldview and (2) with some clarifications from the Biblical and Christian theology. The theological implications of these traditional beliefs and worldview are essential for developing and formulating a relevant Biblical and Christian theology in Africa. The traditional theological, philosophical and moral and ethical foundations and the nature and meaning of man are analysed and examined. RELIGION AND SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY This chapter defines and interprets the African traditional religious system and worldview. It is divided into four major parts. The first gives a general functional definition of religion; the second defines and interprets the theological foundations of the traditional religious system and worldview; the third defines and interprets the philosophical foundations of the traditional religious system and worldview and the fourth defines and interprets the moral and ethical foundations of the traditional religious system and worldview. One of the major difficulties faced in this study, was the choice of literature. Anyone who is familiar with the amount of literature and the general terrain of the African traditional religions knows that not much has gone beyond the classics of the pioneers. Creative and innovative studies and works have not gone that much beyond the Idowu’s and the Mbiti’s. The comparative, anthropological, phenomenological, historical and the descriptive methods have dominated the scene. The few works on the theological and Biblical methods are in themselves not comprehensive, systematic and coherent. Much of the approach from Biblical theology has remained stunted at the level of perspectives. Such studies do set out to study the traditional religions and cultures from the Biblical Perspectives. The valuable knowledge gained in such studies has yet to be given a serious theological and methodological
Christianity and African Traditional Religion and Worldview

Author: Professor Yusuf Turaki

Publisher: Otakada Inc

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There are many books that have addressed the subject of this book: "How should Christianity approach the study of the African traditional religions". Christian scholars with different Christian traditions and backgrounds have propounded many methods. This book is the latest addition to this on-going debate. The book develops a method of approaching the African traditional religions from an integral Biblical perspective. It stresses the primacy Of the Bible and Biblical revelation as legitimate basis of defining African traditional religions, cultures and worldview. The book argues very strongly that African religion, cultures and worldviews have to be subjected to Biblical authority, definition and teachings, Christianity as a religious system with its sets ot beliefs, practices and religious life does not meet an empty traditional African mind, but one, which is already preoccupied with the African traditional religious thought. It is this preoccupied traditional religious and cultural mind which receives, understands, interprets and applies Christianity in Afrfca. This traditional religious thought is neither dormant nor docile, but has the power of perception, conception, understanding, interpretation and application. When it receives Christianity, it has the capacity and the ability to re-cast and transform it into its own categories of thought and mentalities. Thus, the profound and dominant influence of this traditional religious thought on African Christians must be recognized and taken very seriously. The nature and the theological basis of the traditional beliefs in (1) gods, (2) divinities and (3) spirits are examined. These beliefs are defined and interpreted In the light of (1) the traditional religious worldview and (2) the Biblical and Christian theology. The theological implications of these traditional beliefs for doing a Biblical and Christian theology in Africa are highlighted. The spiritual phenomenon of the traditional religions is well established. Furthermore, the nature and the theological basis of the traditional beliefs in the mystical, mysterious and unseen powers and forces are also examined. The power phenomenon of the traditional religions is also well established. The centrality ot man in the traditional religious worldview is also well established and this is addressed from the Biblical and Christian teachings on man. The relevance of the traditional theological, philosophical and moral and ethical foundations and the nature and meaning of man are analysed and examined in the light of the Biblical teachings and Christian theology. The primary objective is to understand the inner logic and workings of the traditional religious thought and its religious beliefs and practices. Religious concepts, perceptions, meanings, realities, behaviour and practices that are derived from this traditional religious system are presented and defined in the light of the Bible and Christian theology.
Engaging Religions and Worldviews in Africa

Author: Yusufu Turaki

Publisher: Langham Publishing

ISBN: 9781783688418

Category: Religion

Page: 510

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In a world of increasing globalization, we live amidst a clash of cultures, religions, and worldviews – each battling for the human heart and mind. In this in-depth study, Yusufu Turaki offers a theological framework for engaging this clash of perspectives in Africa, where traditional African religions, colonialism, and exposure to Christianity have each had a lasting impact on contemporary African worldviews. Professor Turaki undertakes a systematic analysis of the nature of African Traditional Religion, its complex history with Christianity, and the need for African Christian theology to address its cultural and historical roots effectively. He provides both a conceptual framework and practical guide for engaging African cultures and religions with compassion, understanding, and a firm foundation rooted in scriptural truth. This book is an excellent resource for students of religion and theology, as well as those interested in Africa’s traditional heritage or drawn to the important work of cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.
Diverse and Creative Voices

Author: Dieumeme Noelliste

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498270144

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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As the twentieth century passed its midpoint and was rushing toward its end, a growing number of Majority World theologians came to realize that they could in fact do theology in their own contexts for the benefit of their own people. Thus, from the 1960s onward, theologians in the global South have embarked on a form of theological construction that has sometimes been described as "contextual" reflection or "contextualized theology." This volume is motivated by the conviction that these efforts have resulted in theological work that is also beneficial for Christians in other parts of the world. The editors have invited Majority World theologians to share their reflections on several themes of Christian faith from their own sociohistorical perspectives but with an unswerving commitment to the authority of Scripture. It is hoped that these fresh reflections will help Christians in the West engage and benefit from the perspectives of fellow believers in the global South.
The Trinity Of Sin And Response Of The Triune God Revised Expanded Version 2019

Author: Professor Yusuf Turaki

Publisher: Otakada Inc

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Category: Political Science

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A shorter version of this book was published by Hippo Books in 2012. Those who have read the original Manuscript feel very strongly that it be published as A Revised Expanded Version 2019 for the benefit of scholars in the field of Theology. Additional materials culled from other works of mine were included so as to give the main subject of the Book a comprehensive outlook. You cannot kill a tree by cutting off its branches; you need to dig down and cut off its roots. In this book, Professor Yusufu Turaki uses the Holy Scriptures as spade and axe as he digs down to examine the roots of sin. His knowledge of traditional African beliefs and value adds depth to his discussion of the origin, nature, effects and power of sin in our lives. He shows the relevance of each member of the Holy Trinity to our struggle against the root sins of self-centredness and pride, greed and lust, and anxiety and fear. Professor Yusufu Turaki helps us to understand how sin affects our relationships with ourselves, with God and with others. More than that, he gives us guidelines for dealing with sin in our lives and in our communities. I commend this book for personal reading and for academic study. Dr. Samuel Ngewa Professor of New Testament Studies Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, Kenya
The Popular Handbook of World Religions

Author: Daniel J McCoy

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 9780736979108

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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A Christian’s Guide to the World’s Most Prominent Religions Meeting people from other religions is an incredible blessing and a unique challenge. As Christians, what do we need to know about their beliefs to effectively interact with them? And how can we share about Jesus with sensitivity for someone’s relationship to their current faith? A compilation from some of today’s top religion scholars, The Popular Handbook of World Religions is a clear and insightful guide to understanding and conversing with followers of the world’s major belief systems. You will… gain a balanced, nuanced comprehension of what followers of other religions believe, and see how those beliefs compare with those of Christianity develop deeper respect for different cultures and appreciate their unique traditions and ideas learn how to share about Christ with true compassion and a recognition of other people’s individuality and heritage Featuring the writings of Dr. Douglas Groothuis, Dr. Paul Copan, Dr. Winfried Corduan, and more, The Popular Handbook of World Religions is designed to help you gain the wisdom you need to interact with people of other faiths, from atheism to Judaism, Buddhism to Islam, Jainism to Sikhism, and more.
The Other Worldview

Author: Peter Jones

Publisher: Kirkdale Press

ISBN: 9781577996231

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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"A must-read for every concerned American--and especially for every Christian who weeps at the graveside of his culture." --R.C. Sproul A cataclysmic change has occurred as our culture has shifted toward belief in "Oneism." Every religion and philosophy fits into one of two basic worldviews: "Oneism" asserts that everything is essentially one, while "Twoism" affirms an irreducible distinction between creation and Creator. The Other Worldview exposes the pagan roots of Oneism, traces its spread throughout Western culture, and demonstrates its inability to save. "For bodily holiness and transformed thinking . . . we depend entirely on one amazing thing: the incredibly powerful message of the Gospel to a sinful world, which is the ultimate expression and goal of Twoism. The only hope is in Christ alone."
Governance and Christian Higher Education in the African Context

Author: David K. Ngaruiya

Publisher: Langham Publishing

ISBN: 9781783685608

Category: Religion

Page: 246

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Integrity, pastoral care and authority lie at the heart of Christian leadership and indeed, following Jesus in any capacity, and they are also critical in state governance and Christian higher education. The articles in this book, the product of the 2017 conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology, address these themes and other topics relating to the spheres of government and education in Africa to enhance our understanding of the challenges faced in African contexts. A wide range of Christian scholar-leaders provide a way forward for other church and institutional leaders who are seeking to faithfully fulfill their responsibilities of stewardship and instruction. Corruption, civil disobedience, good governance and formation of Christian leaders are matters that are becoming increasingly relevant not only in many African countries but across the world, and this book is a valuable resource for thoughtful reflection and guidance on these important subjects.
Tainted Legacy Islam

Author: Professor Yusufu Turaki

Publisher: Otakada Inc

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Category: Political Science

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This is a revised and expanded edition 2019 of the tainted legacy released in 2017. This new edition included update to the chapters and an addition of Chapter 16 detailing specific ways the latest impact of islamization in having on Northern Christians and minorities. The past twenty years have seen a spate of violent riots and other conflicts in Nigeria resulting in considerable numbers of Christian and Muslim dead, of churches and mosques destroyed, of homes and businesses ransacked and burned. These incidents have taken place main- ly in the Middle Belt, where Christians and Muslims are present in approximately equal numbers. Recently, however, we have seen such violence occurring in the “northern North” itself, where Christians are a small minority. More often than not, Christians have been the targets of Muslim-initiated violence, perpetrated by groups ranging from gangs of young people to fully armed Islamist militias. Attacks by Muslims in the last ten years have killed thousands of Christians. The climate of intimidation and fear that these repeated conflicts engender adds to an existing situation of anti-Christian discrimination and marginalisation in the North. The vulnerability of Christians has been effectively enshrined in law in twelve northern states, where shari‘a has has become the main source of civil and criminal law since 1999. Despite Muslim promises that Christians will be exempt, expe- rience has repeatedly shown the opposite. The fact that some Islamists are calling for an Islamic state in Nigeria, ruled by shari‘a, is a cause of very serious concern for Nigerian Christians. This valuable work by Yusufu Turaki shows how the present situa- tion does not arise simply from ethnic differences, as is often suggest- ed, but is deeply rooted in the history of West Africa, dominated as it was by the mighty empires of the Sokoto Caliphate and the Sultanate of Kanem-Bornu and their Islamic colonialism. This Islamic rule was then consolidated by British colonialism, employing Lord Lugard’s policy of indirect rule. The centralised administration of the Fulanis appears to have appealed to British minds. Lugard himself certainly held that Islam was a superior religion and culture and that the Fulanis’ fairer skins made them “natural rulers” over the darker “pure” Africans. Thus the British set Muslims to rule ..
The British Colonial Legacy in Northern Nigeria

Author: Professor Yusufu Turaki

Publisher: Otakada Inc

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Category: Political Science

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There are many compelling reasons for writing this book for the general public in Nigeria. This project started in the late 1970s. Political events, trends and patterns as from the mid 1940s up to the present (2000s) have strengthened the need of having such a book. We need to have a good social and historical basis of seeing, understanding, interpreting and even predicting socio-political events, trends and patterns in Nigeria. It is the primary aim of this Book to provide such a social and historical foundation in understanding and interpreting Nigerian politics in both the colonial and post-colonial eras. My study of the British Colonial Legacy in Nigeria, especially in its application in Northern Nigeria and its long-term consequences in both the colonial and post-colonial Nigeria leaves me with a deep concern for the application of social justice as the most important and effective principle of dealing with and of correcting many socio-political problems confronting Nigeria. The most important goal for us to attain as a nation is the creation and maintenance of a just, participatory and sustainable social order in all parts of Nigeria where no individual or ethic or religious group or region feels oppressed, marginalized or is being treated with demeanor or given a second-class status. The findings and conclusions drawn from this Book are primarily for compelling the application of social justice to the entire Nigerian social order. In order to achieve this noble goal, I have to study and approach the national question and the socio-political problem of Nigeria from the perspective of social ethics. This approach allows for a more serious, critical and constructive evaluation of the Nigerian social order as it was created and established by the Colonial Administration. Furthermore, we seek to examine the long-term consequences of the patterns of relationship of individuals, groups, religions and regions and as well as the political trends and events that have overshadowed both the colonial and post-colonial Nigeria. The application of social ethics as a method and the principle of social justice as a norm to the study of the British Colony Legacy in Nigeria has revealed very interesting, shocking and alarming findings. These findings must be addressed, assessed and evaluated from this normative principle. The entire Book must be judged and interpreted from this very normative perspective. I have in this Book identified and described not only our socio-political problems but also got down to the root causes of such which were primarily rooted in the Colonial legacy. We can trace some of our problems to the policies, administrative practices and attitude of the Colonial Administration towards different ethnic and religious groups and regions. In consequence, the patterns of relationship between ethnic and religious groups and regions were substantially shaped, molded and conditioned by those colonial policies, practices and attitude. Ethno-regional and religious politics, biases, prejudices, discriminations, stereotyping and all kinds of negative sub-national values and interests took root from such colonial policies as they transformed the already existing pre-colonial primordial values and institutions. What social factors, values and institutions were used by the Colonial Administration in its attempt at creating and establishing the Nigerian colonial social order? This social fact is very important to our understanding of the basis and root causes of politics in Nigeria during both the colonial and post-colonial eras. It is my greatest desire to provide a good social-historical basis of understanding political trends, patterns and issues in both colonial and post-colonial situations in Nigeria. In order to achieve this, a study of the Colonial legacy in Northern Nigeria had to be undertaken. The colonial policies towards the Muslim and the non-Muslim Groups of Northern Nigeria was described and analyzed. It is the implications of such colonial policies and their long-term consequences for both Northern Nigeria and the entire Nigeria that concerns this Book. Important issues worthy of note include the following: the Northern (Hausa-Fulani) dominance of Nigerian politics, whether during the colonial or post-colonial period (civilian and military politicians); the ethno-regional and religious politics (North-South axis and the Middle Belt and minority politics); the prominence and dominance of religion, culture, tradition and ethnicity as powerful social factors in Nigerian politics; the frequent religious and communal riots in the Northern States, especially the celebrated Zangon-Kataf issue; and the attempts by the soldier-politicians at solving the socio-political problems of Nigeria. However, the soldier-politicians have succeeded in creating a situation which raises more questions on the military models, theories and assumptions about political and economic development, nation-state building and national integration. The military as a corrective regime, has focused primarily at correcting structural imbalances and then secondly at political and economic development. However, questions of social ethics and social justice in military nation-state building were somewhat ignored or taken up very lightly. This was probably due to a lack of a strong concept of social justice and understanding of the British colonial legacy and its long-term consequences. It appears as if the Military regimes were dominated by the politics of Religion, Culture, Ethnicity and Regionalism and Bureaucratic-Authoritarianism . This Book seeks to bring the supreme importance of social ethics and social justice into the center of Nigerian politics, Nigeria being a segmented and multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. The Nigerian society needs to be restructured, reordered so as to address the issues of social justices and the existence of structures of inequality, insecurity and incompatibility. Our supreme task is to reorder and restructure society in such a way that justice becomes the fundamental social principle. No nation can know and experience peace, unity and stability in the absence of justice. Justice, therefore is the prerequisite and the basis of peace, unity and stability of any nation, Nigeria not the exception. I have approached this study from an inter-disciplinary perspective and for this reason, it covers many areas of interests, such as, social history, social theory and social ethics; culture and religion; colonialism and missions and political and economic development in nation-state building. It is my desired hope and prayer that Nigerians will indeed champion the cause of social justice and seek to create and maintain a just social order where no man or woman, ethnic or religious group, section or region is oppressed. Dr. Yusufu Turaki Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS), Jos April 2009