African Religions and Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0435895915

ISBN-13: 9780435895914

Edition: 2nd 1990 (Revised)

Authors: John S. Mbiti

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African Religions and Philosophyis 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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List price: $28.13
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 1/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

John Mbiti was born in Kitui, Kenya, and received his education in Africa and abroad. Trained as an Anglican priest, he went on to be both professor and parish minister in Switzerland, where he later settled. As a philosopher and Christian theologian, Mbiti became one of the early African authorities on African religions. Using his philosophical skills, he focuses on deriving a representation of a coherent philosophical worldview from the indigenous traditions. One of his projects, for example, has been to articulate a view of temporality in indigenous African thought different from that of the modern West. Mbiti's goal, however, has not been simply to develop ethnophilosophical analyses. Concerned with the future of Africa, he has argued that certain traditional African values should be preserved, but also---for the sake of modernization and reform---that other values (based often in Christianity) should be assimilated into the culture. This latter orientation has made him the subject of some controversy among other African philosophers.

Introduction
The Study of African Religions and Philosophy
The Concept of Time as a Key to the Understanding and Interpretation of African Religions and Philosophy
The Nature of God
The Works of God God and Nature
The Worship of God
Spiritual Beings, Spirits and the Living-Dead
The Creation and Original State of Man Ethnic Groups, Kinship and the Individual Birth and Childhood
Initiation and Puberty Rites Marriage and Procreation
Death and the Hereafter Specialists: Medicine-Men, Rainmakers, Kings, and Priests
Mystical Power, Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery
The Concepts of Evil, Ethics and Justice Changing
Man and His Problems Christianity, Islam and other Religions in Africa
The Search for New Values, Identity, and Security
Bibliographies
Index
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