What Is Not Sacred?

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"It is not for you to call profane what God counts clean."

Did Christianity replace traditional African religion with the arrival of European missionaries in past centuries?  Or did sub-Saharan African cultures persist in maintaining their religious worldviews even after accepting the salvific message of Christianity?  In this compelling book, Laurenti Magesa argues that despite missionary Christiaity's refusal to acknowledge the worth of traditional African religious culture. the incarnational spirituality of those cultures remains vibrant and visible today, and has much to offer and teach other cultures, both Christian and not.

Laurenti Magesa has a Ph.D. in moral theology from St. Paul University, Ottawa, and taught from 1986-1992 at the Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.  He also served as a lecturer at the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies.  His books include African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life and Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa.

Book Details

Title:
What Is Not Sacred?
Subtitle:
African Spirituality
Author:
Laurenti Magesa
Includes:
Index
Pages:
224
Binding:
Softcover
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What Is Not Sacred? Table of Contents 96 Kb
With this book Magesa continues to educate us about Africa, religion in general, and how attention to the African religious and spiritual heritage can help restore life and enhance spiritual health.
In his most recent publication, Catholic priest and African theologian Laurenti Magesa continues his quest to unlock the treasures of African spirituality. In this work, he exposes and analyzes the attributes of African spirituality in order to demonstrate the synthesis between African spirituality and Western Christianity. The chief argument of the book is that this synthesis constitutes African Christianity. Magesa solidifies this argument masterfully through asystematic approach in which the cultural and spiritual experiences of African converts to Christianity are explored.
Attempts to show how different elements of African daily life leads not only to God, but towards a better understanding of how creation, nature, and other elements of African spirituality interplay with many different concepts of Christianity on a daily basis.

... provides great insight into the richness of African religious cultures. It also is a helpful tool for both religious groups to appreciate the benefits of while not ignoring the richness of their own cultures and religious practices.

In the increased interest of inter-religious dialogue, this book provides a good starting point from which to launch further conversations.
... a work that attempts to show how different elements of African daily life leads not only to God, but towards a better understanding of how creation, nature, and other elements of African spirituality interplay with many different concepts of Christianity on a daily basis. This work provides great insight into the richness of African Religious cultures. It also is a helpful tool for both religious groups to appreciate the benefits of while not ignoring the richness of their own cultures and religious practices.
For beginning students, or anyone inclined to dismiss what they do not understand, this book is a treasure trove. Like a mosaic, it contains some wonderfully wrought pieces.
... challenges the church, theologians and all those who are involved in the proclamation of Christian faith in the continent to recover, uncover and discover the riches of African cultures for a deeper and effective evangelization.
" . . . exceptional . . . It strongly offers, in a critical way, an in-depth understanding of what African spirituality is all about and why it should not be taken as not sacred. African culture, indeed, permeates African individuals and their social consciousness, hence, as an African elder nurtured in Christianity, Magesa insists that 'no one should call profane what God calls Clean'."
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