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God in Africa : conceptions of God in African traditional religion and Christianity

Author: Malcolm J McVeigh
Publisher: Cape Cod, Mass. : C. Stark, ©1974.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm J McVeigh
ISBN: 0890070032 9780890070031
OCLC Number: 1117777
Description: xix, 235 pages, 26 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1 Introduction --
Edwin W. Smith: the man --
The problem --
Definitions --
Limitations --
Previous research --
Procedure --
2 Personality: is god a person? --
Traditional view --
Concept of mana --
god and mana --
Allusions to personality --
Ambiguity of African conception --
Christian contribution --
Clarification of African view --
Elimination of fear --
Elevation of theism --
3 Monotheism: is god one? --
Traditional view --
Survival of personality --
Role of ancestors --
Role of divinities --
Ancestors, divinities and god --
Christian contribution --
Emphasis on supreme God --
Answer to Spiritism's fears God's search for man --
God near and concerned --
God's goodness and love --
5 Revelation: does god reveal himself? --
Traditional view --
Purpose of divination --
Significance of dreams --
Role of prophets --
Prophets from god --
Christian contribution --
African religion and the Jews --
African religion and Jesus --
General and special revelation --
6 Ethics: does God require righteousness? --
Traditional view --
Concept of taboo --
Ancestral sanctions --
Role of supreme being --
Christian contribution --
Strengths and weaknesses --
Separation of ceremonial and moral law --
Inner compulsion for morality --
Ethics and God --
7 Worship: is God worshipped? --
Traditional view --
"Ancestor worship" --
African conception of worship --
Worship of supreme being --
Role of intermediaries --
Christian contribution --
Worship centered in supreme God --
Sublimation of form --
Sublimation of content --
Communion of the saints --
8 Critical analysis: traditional view --
Misunderstanding of central paradox --
Transcendence and immanence --
Good and evil --
Fate or destiny --
Smith's position --
Misplacement of speculative talent --
Origin of religion --
Influence of social structure --
Significance of African myths --
Concept of personality --
Disregard of multiform reactions --
Unity and plurality --
Misfortune as good fortune --
Prenatal destiny --
Dualism --
Divine capriciousness --
9 Critical analysis: Christian contribution --
Misunderstanding of Christian task --
Appeal of Christianity --
Weakness of Christianity --
Smith and paradox --
Smith and fulfillment --
Misinterpretation of rationalistic appeal --
Dynamism --
Witchcraft --
"Ancestor Worship" --
Toward a solution --
Whole of life approach --
Centrality of problem of evil --
Christian answer --
10 Conclusion.
Responsibility: by Malcolm J. McVeigh.

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