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God, spirit, and human wholeness : appropriating faith and culture in West African style

Author: E Elochukwu Uzukwu
Publisher: Eugene, OR : Pickwick Publications, ©2012.
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The Holy Spirit provides access to relationship with and reflection on the Triune God. In West Africa, Christians approach the Triune God in a way that challenges the Jewish-Christian memory. Deeply rooted in their ancestral memory, where living is relationality, they embrace the Trinitarian faith, the economy of the relational God-Christ-Spirit, by expanding and reinventing their indigenous experience of God,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E Elochukwu Uzukwu
ISBN: 9781610971904 1610971906
OCLC Number: 793358301
Description: xiii, 267 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. General considerations --
Preliminary considerations: history, culture, context, and new methodology for interpreting Christianity in West Africa --
Impact of openness to duality or plurality on the African theology debate --
pt. 2. God-Spirit in West Africa and the God of Jesus Christ --
African traditional religion rediscovered: reasserting the value of African religions --
Rediscovering the depth of God in the Old Testament through interaction with dynamic West African categories --
The economy of spirit in the dynamic access to the Trinitarian God: aspects of the theology of Origen of Alexandria --
The primacy of Spirit in the West African access to the God of Jesus Christ: a conversation with Origen of Alexandria --
God's power manifest in the Holy Spirit for human wholeness --
Conclusion: re-appropriating the God of wholeness in the Spirit: contribution to world theology.
Responsibility: Elochukwu Eugene Uzukwu.

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The Holy Spirit provides access to relationship with and reflection on the Triune God. In West Africa, Christians approach the Triune God in a way that challenges the Jewish-Christian memory. Deeply rooted in their ancestral memory, where living is relationality, they embrace the Trinitarian faith, the economy of the relational God-Christ-Spirit, by expanding and reinventing their indigenous experience of God, deities, spirits, and ancestors. Christian faith-practice is marked by the spectacular dominance of the Holy Spirit, whose charisms reflect the operations of deities. African Initiated Churches (AICs), Protestant and Catholic charismatic movements, experience God-Spirit's liberating and healing hand for the enhancement and realization of communal and individual destiny (what one expects from a concerned providential deity). This book argues that the emergent West African Trinitarian imagination is in harmony with Hebrew insight into the One and Only Yahweh of the patriarchs that assumed the dimensions of Elohim, God--experienced as a sound of sheer silence by Elijah, and proposed in utter weakness as the Only God by Deutero-Isaiah--the God that Jesus called Abba, Father. As Spirit and Life, the Holy Spirit, which is the source of all charisms (Origen), is our link to the Trinity. (Publisher).

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