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Title: In Dialogue with African Traditional Religion
Author(s): ANEKWE OBORJI, Francis
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 10    Issue: 1   Date: 2000   
Pages: 57-76
DOI: 10.2143/SID.10.1.519058

Abstract :
A basic problem in the effort of the Church to dialogue not only with African Traditional Religion (ATR) but also with other world religions, is the question whether it can bring salvation to its adherents. Or, do the adherents of ATR, above all, need the redemptive acts of Jesus in order to achieve salvation in God? Therefore the question arises whether it has been proved to the Africans in the spirit of dialogue that ancestral meditation (which is central in ATR) can not bring about the redemption and salvation which are the hallmarks of any serious religion. Related to this is the problem of an African-oriented model that can be employed in this work of pastoral attention to the adherents of ATR and to the African Christians converted from that religion. These issues are examined briefly in dialogue with ATR in the following order: 1) the expression 'African Traditional Religion(s)', 2) essential characteristics of ATR, 3) problematics and 4) conclusion and evaluation.

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