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Author Awoh, Acho
Title The Dynamics and Contradictions of Evangelisation in Africa : An essay on the Kom Experience
Imprint Bamenda : Langaa RPCIG, 2010
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Note Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgement -- Preface -- Foreword -- Chapter One: Introduction -- Background to German Annexation -- Early Missionary Manoeuvres in Cameroon -- Evangelisation and Early History -- Kom Early History -- German Colonisation and Christianity -- Evangelisation Under the British -- The Sacred Heart Missionaries in Kom -- African Christianity in Retrospect -- Colonial and Missionary Motives -- Catholicism and African Traditional Religion -- Philosophical and Cultural Consequences of Conversion to Christianity -- Evangelisation and Conversion Models -- Christian Villages and Early Converts to Christianity -- The Triple Heritage and Shattered Dreams -- Chapter Two: Missionary Theology -- Introduction -- Apostolic and Patristic Times -- Magisterial Teaching 13th Century to the 15th Century -- Age of Exploration, Discovery and Colonisation -- Vatican II Era -- Polemics and Controversies Since Vatican II -- Chapter Three: Motives and Methods -- Introduction -- Missionary Methods -- Apostolic and Patristic Era -- Mediaval Age -- The Age of Exploration and Colonisation -- Motives of Conversion to Christianity -- Introduction -- Apostolic and Patristic Era -- The Reformation -- Age of Exploration and Colonisation -- The Kom Christian Experience of Evangelisation -- The Post War Era -- Traditional Authorities and Christianity in Conflict -- Further Expansion of Christianity in Kom -- Indigenous Missionary Initiatives -- Missionary Tactics and Manoeuvres -- Chapter Four: Present Day Challenges -- Introduction -- Subtle anti Christian Literature and the Phenomenon of Reversion -- Calls and Importance of Inculturation -- The Cultural Dialogue in the Patristic Era and the Middle Ages -- The Sixteenth-Century Evangelization of the American Indian -- Inculturation in the Far East -- Criteria of Inculturation
Christological Criterion -- Ecclesiological Criterion -- Anthropological Criterion -- African Attempts at Inculturation -- Possible Areas of Inculturation -- Traditional and Christian Funeral Rites -- Traditional Funeral Rites -- Traditional Femine Rites -- African and Christian Religious Underpinnings of Funeral Rites and Points of Divergence and Convergence -- African Forms of Healing -- Introduction -- Iking I Wayn -- Origin and Purpose -- Initiation and Purpose -- African Spiritual World, Sickness, Healing and the Teaching of the Church -- The Sacramental Rites -- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Demonology -- The Church's Faith in Healing Today -- Fertility Rites -- Fertility Rites in the Ancient Near East -- Traditional Days of Obligations -- Origin and Purpose -- Christian Days of Obligation -- Origin and Purpose -- Traditional Concept and Practice of Justice -- Conclusion -- Selected Bibliography -- Back Cover
This book critically discusses missionary Christianity and colonization in Africa as twin enterprises with a common ambition. While the colonialist set out to invest capital and reap profit, the missionary desire was to tend and turn African souls from damnation. It was this desire that drove the missionaries into the interior, propelled by the belief that no land was too remote to escape their attention and vigilance. It equally kept missionary zeal buoyant. The clarification of the concept of salvation within the Roman Catholic Church during the Vatican II Council set in motion the current lethargy that has in some places crippled the mission itself. In retrospect, one can begin to wonder why Africans became Christians. What reasons motivated the early adherents to cling to this foreign religion? Were there some internal deficiencies in African traditional religions, which the Africans hoped to remedy by joining the new religion? Or was it just part of the wholesale flirting with whatever was foreign and perceived to be modern? What baits were used by the missionaries to entice Africans? Christianity posed a danger to many of the time-honoured answers to African problems. These were the �values� Africans converting to Christianity were expected to abandon. Why have Christians continually returned to their abandoned roots in time of crisis? This moving, well argued, richly documented and empirically substantiated study concludes by cautioning against the stubborn drive at radical conversion to Christianity with scant regard to the imperatives of enculturation
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Awoh, Acho The Dynamics and Contradictions of Evangelisation in Africa : An essay on the Kom Experience Bamenda : Langaa RPCIG,c2010 9789956578214
Subject Catholic Church -- Africa.;Evangelistic work -- Africa
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