To awaken the interest of the students in African Religion and Culture; To prepare and dispose them for interreligious dialogue, particularly with the African Religion; To help them appreciate the lasting values of African Religion; To help students appreciate the urgency of inculturation of the Christian faith in Africa.
1. Misconceptions about African Religion; the Debate around the nomenclature and terminology; Sources in African Religion. 2. Essential elements of African Religion: God and man, Good and Evil, Sacrifice, the life after and the life-end, Ancestor veneration. 3. Revelation and the salvific value of African Religion; 4. Vatican II and African Religion: African Synods and other Church Documents. 5. African Religion in the dialogue debate; Pastoral Orientations. Learning Outcomes: After completion of this course the student will be able to: • Acknowledge the existence and the main elements of AR, and its influence on the Africans and their way of life. • Appreciate how the Church has been dealing with AR, with particular reference to Vatican Council II and African Synods. • Engage critically with AR, participate actively in the current debate, and identify the avenues open for dialogue. • Acknowledge the importance of dialogue with AR for the mission of the Church.
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NB: we shall also look at documents such as Nostra Aetate, Dialogue and Proclamation, Dialogue and Mission, and Redemptoris Missio. Extended bibliography and other references will be given during the course. Website: www.afrikaworld.net