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Title: Social Responsibility in the Christianised Akan Ethnic Culture of Ghana
Author(s): QUAYESI-AMAKYE, Joseph
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 23    Issue: 2   Date: 2013   
Pages: 176-189
DOI: 10.2143/SID.23.2.3007337

Abstract :
This paper examines the problem of Ghanaian Christians taking up leadership as their social responsibility. By means of personal interviews and sermon analysis, it discusses the argument made the Church of Pentecost chairman, Opoku Onyinah, that the time has come that Ghanaian Christians entered into hitherto 'holy spaces' of the indigenous religion to purify them. This advocacy requires that Christians enter the area of ethnic politics or chieftaincy, but opponents of this view feel uncomfortable about because of the belief that it is incompatible with Christian witness. The article thus explores the ambiguities, possibilities, and challenges that the institution of chieftaincy offers the Christian. Thus, it argues that while Christian involvement in chieftaincy is good as such, it should not be approached unadvisedly.

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