African Religions & Philosophy

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Heinemann, 1990 - Religion - 288 pages
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"African Religions and Philosophy" is a systematic study of the attitudes of mind and belief that have evolved in the many societies of Africa. In this second edition, Dr Mbiti has updated his material to include the involvement of women in religion, and the potential unity to be found in what was once thought to be a mass of quite separate religions.

Mbiti adds a new dimension to the understanding of the history, thinking, and life throughout the African continent. Religion is approached from an African point of view but is as accessible to readers who belong to non-African societies as it is to those who have grown up in African nations.

Since its first publication, this book has become acknowledged as the standard work in the field of study, and it is essential reading for anyone concerned with African religion, history, philosophy, anthropology or general African studies.

 

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The classic on the topic, written by an African. Very in depth and informative and insightful. Covers a lot of ground and compares the commonalities, while also noting differences. Read full review

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Mbiti's work on African Religion must be compended, his writes from the heart and speaks to the soul. Mmatheo Motsisi, Johannesburg South Africa

Contents

THE STUDY OF AFRICAN RELIGIONS
2
UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETATION
15
c The concept of past present and future
21
h Discovering or extending the future dimension of time
27
THE WORKS OF GOD
39
d The governing work of God
45
THE WORSHIP OF GOD
58
SPIRITUAL BEINGS SPIRITS AND THE LIVINGDEAD
74
MARRIAGE AND PROCREATION
130
DEATH AND THE HEREAFTER
145
MEDICINEMEN RAINMAKERS KINGS
162
MYSTICAL POWER MAGIC WITCHCRAFT
189
THE CONCEPTS OF EVIL ETHICS AND JUSTICE
199
CHANGING MAN AND HIS PROBLEMS
211
CHRISTIANITY ISLAM AND OTHER RELIGIONS
223
THE SEARCH FOR NEW VALUES IDENTITY
256

THE CREATION AND ORIGINAL STATE OF MAN
90
ETHNIC GROUPS KINSHIP AND THE INDIVIDUAL
98
BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD
107
c The naming and nursing of children
115

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About the author (1990)

Canon Professor JOHN MBITI, an Anglican priest from Kenya, taught Theology and Religion for many years at Makerere University in Uganda. After that he served as Director of the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, of the World Council of Churches near Geneva, Switzerland. He has been visiting professor at many universities in Europe, America, Canada and Australia and has travelled widely in many countries. Professor Mbiti has published over 400 articles, reviews and books on theology, religion, philosophy and literature. Currently he is part-time professor at the University of Bern, and parish minister in Burgdorf, Switzerland. He is married to Verena and they have four children: Kyeni, Maria, Esther and Kavata.

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