Religion and Social Reconstruction in Africa

Author: Elias Kifon Bongmba

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351167383

Category: Religion

Page: 334

View: 6588

Religion has played a major role in both the division and unification of peoples and countries within Africa. Its capacity to cause, and to heal, societal rifts has been well documented. This book addresses this powerful societal force, and explores the implications of a theology of reconstruction, most notably articulated by Jesse Mugambi. This way of thinking seeks to build on liberation theology, aiming to encourage the rebuilding of African society on its own terms. An international panel of contributors bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the issues around reconstructing the religious elements of African society. Looking at issues of reconciliation, postcolonialism and indigenous spirituality, among others, they show that Mugambi’s cultural and theological insight has the potential to revolutionise the way people in Africa address this issue. This is a fascinating exploration of the religious facets of African life. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of religious studies, theology and African studies.
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A Theology of Reconstruction

Nation-Building and Human Rights

Author: Charles Villa-Vicencio

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521426282

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 306

Behold, a new thing
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Religion and Social Change in West Africa

An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion

Author: J. M. Assimeng

Publisher: N.A


Category: Africa, West

Page: 327

View: 8192

Posted in Africa, West

Dreaming, Religion, and Society in Africa

Author: M. M. Charles Jedrej,Rosalind Shaw

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004089365

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

View: 4414

This book explores dream discourse in the negotiation of specialist identity among Zezuru (Zimbabwe), Temne (Sierra Leone), Igbo (Nigeria) and Tukolor (Senegal); in everyday life among Berti (Sudan), Yansi (Zaire) and Ingessana (Sudan); and in the construction of Christian experience in nineteenth-century Yoruba history (Nigeria) and in independent African churches.
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African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa

Emerging Trends, Indigenous Spirituality and the Interface with other World Religions

Author: Ezra Chitando

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317184203

Category: Religion

Page: 278

View: 1995

The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion in Africa and the new African diaspora. The book is structured under three main sections - Emerging trends in the teaching of African Religions; Indigenous Thought and Spirituality; and Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate current scholarly traditions of the study of African religions within the purview of academic encounter and exchanges with non-African scholars and non-African contexts. African scholars enrich the study of religions from their respective academic and methodological orientations. Jacob Kehinde Olupona stands out as a pioneer in the socio-scientific interpretation of African indigenous religion and religions in Africa. This book is to his honour and marks his immense contribution to an emerging field of study and research.
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Vale of Tears

New Essays on Religion and Reconstruction

Author: Edward J. Blum,W. Scott Poole

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865549623

Category: History

Page: 265

View: 8489

Vale of Tears: New Essays in Religion and Reconstruction offers a window into the exciting work being done by historians, social scientists, and scholars of religious studies on the epoch of Reconstruction. A time of both peril and promise, Reconstruction in America became a cauldron of transformation and change. This collection argues that religion provided the idiom and symbol, as often the very substance, of those changes. The authors of this collection examine how African Americans and white Southerners, New England Abolitionists and former Confederate soldiers, Catholics and Protestants on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line brought their sense of the sacred into collaboration and conflict. Together, these essays mark an important new departure in a still-contested period of American history. Interdisciplinary in scope and content, it promises to challenge many of the traditional parameters of Reconstruction historiography. The range of contributors to the project, including Gaines Foster and Paul Harvey, will draw a great deal of attention from Southern historians, literary scholars, and scholars of American religion.
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Religious and Political Ethics in Africa

A Moral Inquiry

Author: Harvey J. Sindima

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780313307034

Category: Philosophy

Page: 203

View: 3706

An analysis of the relationship between organized religion and secular states in modern Africa.
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Social Reconstruction in Africa

Ugandan Philosophical Studies, II

Author: Elizabeth R. Wamala

Publisher: CRVP

ISBN: 9781565181182

Category: Political Science

Page: 145

View: 6927

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American Heathens

Author: Joshua Paddison

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520289056

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 346

In the 19th-century debate over whether the United States should be an explicitly Christian nation, California emerged as a central battleground. Racial groups that were perceived as godless and uncivilized were excluded from suffrage, and evangelism among Indians and the Chinese was seen as a politically incendiary act. Joshua Paddison sheds light on Reconstruction’s impact on Indians and Asian Americans by illustrating how marginalized groups fought for a political voice, refuting racist assumptions with their lives, words, and faith. Reconstruction, he argues, was not merely a remaking of the South, but rather a multiracial and multiregional process of reimagining the nation.
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Welfare, Religion and Gender in Post-apartheid South Africa

Constructing a South-North Dialogue

Author: Ignatius Swart,Amanda Gouws,Per Pettersson ,Frouwien Bosman


ISBN: 9781920338688

Category: Religion

Page: 412

View: 6627

The topic covered by this book is important (crucially so in post-apartheid South Africa) and the research is meticulous. This has resulted in an impressive collection of material concerning welfare, religion and gender in twenty-first century South Africa, which includes both theoretical reflections and an abundance of empirical data. - Professor Grace Davie (Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK)
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Passionately Human, No Less Divine

Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952

Author: Wallace D. Best

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400849349

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 1293

The Great Migration was the most significant event in black life since emancipation and Reconstruction. Passionately Human, No Less Divine analyzes the various ways black southerners transformed African American religion in Chicago during their Great Migration northward. A work of religious, urban, and social history, it is the first book-length analysis of the new religious practices and traditions in Chicago that were stimulated by migration and urbanization. The book illustrates how the migration launched a new sacred order among blacks in the city that reflected aspects of both Southern black religion and modern city life. This new sacred order was also largely female as African American women constituted more than 70 percent of the membership in most black Protestant churches. Ultimately, Wallace Best demonstrates how black southerners imparted a folk religious sensibility to Chicago's black churches. In doing so, they ironically recast conceptions of modern, urban African American religion in terms that signified the rural past. In the same way that working class cultural idioms such as jazz and the blues emerged in the secular arena as a means to represent black modernity, he says, African American religion in Chicago, with its negotiation between the past, the present, rural and urban, revealed African American religion in modern form.
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The church and reconstruction of Africa

theological considerations

Author: All Africa Conference of Churches

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 252

View: 382

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African American Southerners in Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction

Author: Claude H. Nolen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786450534

Category: Social Science

Page: 231

View: 1718

This work documents the many roles filled by Southern blacks in the last decades of slavery, the Civil War years, and the following period of Reconstruction. African Americans suffered and resisted bondage in virtually every aspect of their lives, but persevered through centuries of brutality to their present place at the center of American life. Utilizing statements made by former slaves and other sources close to them, the author takes a close look at the culture and lifestyle of this proud people in the final decades of slavery, their experiences of being in the military and fighting in the Civil War, and the active role taken by the Southern blacks during Reconstruction.
Posted in Social Science

Understanding Religion and Social Change in Ethiopia

Toward a Hermeneutic of Covenant

Author: M. Girma

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137269421

Category: Religion

Page: 219

View: 3098

Religiosity is one aspect without which Ethiopian society cannot be fully understood. This book aims to map out the terrain of the discourse in religion-social change nexus in Ethiopian using the notion of covenant as an interpretive tool.
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African American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas

Author: Johnny E. Williams

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604731866

Category: Political Science

Page: 177

View: 1298

Civil Rights -- Religious History--> What role did religion play in sparking the call for civil rights? Was the African American church a motivating force or a calming eddy? The conventional view among scholars of the period is that religion as a source for social activism was marginal, conservative, or pacifying. Not so, argues Johnny E. Williams. Focusing on the state of Arkansas as typical in the role of ecclesiastical activism, his book argues that black religion from the period of slavery through the era of segregation provided theological resources that motivated and sustained preachers and parishioners battling racial oppression. Drawing on interviews, speeches, case studies, literature, sociological surveys, and other sources, Williams persuasively defines the most ardent of civil rights activists in the state as products of church culture. Both religious beliefs and the African American church itself were essential in motivating blacks to act individually and collectively to confront their oppressors in Arkansas and throughout the South. Williams explains how the ideology of the black church roused disparate individuals into a community and how the church established a base for many diverse participants in the civil rights movement. He shows how church life and ecumenical education helped to sustain the protest of people with few resources and little permanent power. Williams argues that the church helped galvanize political action by bringing people together and creating social bonds even when societal conditions made action difficult and often dangerous. The church supplied its members with meanings, beliefs, relationships, and practices that served as resources to create a religious protest message of hope. Johnny E. Williams is an associate professor of sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. His work has been published in Sociological Forum and Sociological Spectrum.
Posted in Political Science

Democracy and reconciliation

a challenge for African Christianity

Author: Laurenti Magesa,Zablon John Nthamburi

Publisher: Action Publishers


Category: Political Science

Page: 242

View: 8950

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Law and Religion in Africa

The quest for the common good in pluralistic societies

Author: Pieter Coertzen,M Christiaan Green,Len Hansen


ISBN: 1919985638

Category: Religion

Page: 412

View: 9032

In our time the study of law and religion is emerging as a wide-ranging and vital academic discipline, with increasingly urgent implications for society at large. Lying at the intersection of a variety of other disciplines – law, theology, religious studies, political science, sociology and anthropology, to name only the most obvious – the field of law and religion is generating a burgeoning volume of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and study. The current volume is proof of this. The discussion of the relationship between law and religion, as seen from a variety of perspectives in Africa, underscores the critical importance of the issues involved in the everyday life of all citizens. It is accordingly vital for governments to take note of the scholarly results that are produced. We hope that this volume will contribute to this aim.
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Church-state Relations

A Challenge for African Christianity

Author: Jesse Ndwiga Kanyua Mugambi,Frank K ̈uschner-Pelkmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789966888051

Category: Africa

Page: 204

View: 2716

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