This collection has a focus on African Christianity; it includes the contributions published in: PHIRI, Isabel Apawo ... [et al.]. Anthology of African Christianity. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2016. ISBN 978-1-911372-10-3. Copyright: World Council of Churches, available below under the heading "Anthology".

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  • African Philosophy of Education as a Response to Human Rights Violations: Cultivating Ubuntu as a Virtue in Religious Education

    Waghid, Y (Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa, 2015-04-17)
    Human rights violations on the African continent have emerged as a predicament for human flourishing. This article reconsiders the notion of an African philosophy of education as a response to human rights violations, in particular how the notion of Ubuntu (human interdependence and humaneness) can be used to counteract violence. It is argued that Ubuntu in becoming – with reference to the thoughts of Giorgio Agamben – can counteract human rights violations. In this way, Ubuntu, as an instance of African philosophy of education, can respond more positively to genocide, tribal conflict and wars, and the rape and abuse of women and children on the continent. And, as a tribute to Cornelia Roux, specifically her seminal work on religious and human rights education in South Africa, it is also argued that religious education ought to be constituted by the virtues of deliberative human engagement and cosmopolitan action, which constitute an Ubuntu in becoming that can offer pathways to enhancing religious education.Keywords: African Philosophy, education, human rights, ubuntu, religious education
  • Afua Kuma’s Prayers and Praises as Evidence of a Vibrant Primal Substructure in African Christianity

    Joseph Awuah Gyebi (Noyam Publishers, 2021-12-01)
    Following from the assertion that there exists a symbiosis between Christianity and
 the Primal Substructure in Africa, this paper sets out to examine Afua Kuma’s Jesus
 of the Deep Forest using Harold Turner’s six feature analysis of primal religions.
 It focuses on how Afua Kuma’s poetry builds upon the six features of the primal
 worldview with her new insights from the Christian faith. The author argues that this
 is evidence of the vibrant primal substructure in African Christianity. This article
 thus contributes to the growing body of scholarship on African Christianity and its
 primal underpinnings and Christianity as a non-Western religion
  • Minutes of the ... annual session of the North-East and Cape Fear Baptist Sunday School Convention.

    North East and Cape Fear Baptist Sunday School Convention.
    Latest issue consulted: 48th (1930).
  • Revisiting virtue ethics and spirituality of Botho: a study of an indigenous ethic of character formation in the moral thought and practice of Basotho

    Mokolatsie, Chris N. (2020-11-06)
    The current Afro-communitarianism (AC) articulation and analysis of botho is characterised by two main approaches. First it treats botho as if it is a universal concept that can be expounded independently in a theoretical manner devoid of any specific cultural perspective that give it meaning and authority. Second it abstracts the Sesotho proverb “motho ke motho ka batho” (MKKB) from the rest of Sesotho narrative elevating it as foundational to the definition and meaning of the concept, where a particular reading of this proverb has come to be taken as the quintessential articulation of the meaning of this concept.
 This thesis problematizes this account within the context of Sesotho culture from which the proverb derives. Firstly, it rejects the abstraction and exceptionalism of MKKB as poor scholarship and a deficiency in the knowledge of the ethical significance of narratives in Sesotho culture, arguing that this is an unjustified abstraction of MKKB from Sesotho narratives inconsistent with how proverbs are interpreted and used. It asserts that MKKB is best understood not in isolation, but within the context of the unity of African narratives and their meaning and unique role as the chief means of moral education into botho.
 Secondly, the thesis questions the dominance of one specific reading of Ubuntu in the current botho discourse and the privileged status this reading has enjoyed over other, equally justified, interpretations. It argues for a definition of botho (moral personhood ) based on the definition of this term as a moral statement describing good admirable moral qualities of character of motho. The study thus starts from the premise that talk about botho turns out to be talk about character of motho because botho cannot be fully realised independently of the characters of individuals who make it a reality.
 The study recommends a character centric definition of botho as a fresh alternative, where an understanding of the possession of botho by motho, entails inculcation of makhabane or virtues of botho, many of which are found narratives especially proverbs. Its attractiveness is that it is consistent with the nature of African ethics as character-based ethic, but also underscores important assumptions behind botho including the primacy of character and the existence of a particular social order as a prerequisite for botho to flourish, all of which are worth serious consideration in the current botho discourse.
  • Fraternity, Martyrdom and Peace in Burundi: The Forty Servants of God of Buta

    Mikalachki, Jodi (CrossWorks, 2021-12-21)
    During Burundi's 1993-2005 civil war, students at Buta Minor Seminary were ordered at gunpoint to separate by ethnicity—Hutus over here, Tutsis over there! They chose instead to join hands and affirm their common identity as children of God. The forty students killed were quickly proclaimed martyrs of fraternity. Their costly solidarity defused the cry for reprisals and continues to inspire Burundians and others on the path of reconciliation. Drawing on fifty interviews with survivors, parents of martyrs, neighbors, religious leaders and other Burundian intellectuals, this essay examines how Burundian Catholics understand the significance of the Buta martyrdom to their country and the world. The Buta seminarians' sacrificial witness to fraternity demonstrates the effectiveness of enculturated African Catholicism in mobilizing youth to resist genocidal manipulation and transform its legacy of division and trauma. In its resistance to political violence, the Buta testimony also re-aligns traditional warrior virtues with a nonviolent masculinity rooted in fraternal love rather than aggression. This passage from politicized aggression to fraternal love is of particular interest in light of Francis' 2020 encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, and its call for the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. The ongoing story of the Buta martyrdom also contributes to contextualized understandings of violence and its transformation in contemporary Africa. The precarious vulnerability of the young Buta martyrs emerges as a virtue in their story, suggesting that the perennial fragility of peace in Burundi is not necessarily a handicap in transforming cycles of violence, but perhaps a resource.
  • Autocratic Leadership Within West African Pentecostal Denomination

    Olaleye, Ezekiel (Scholars Crossing, 2021-12-01)
    The purpose of this grounded theory study was to determine whether autocratic leadership theory best explains the nature of leadership in the West African Pentecostal/Charismatic Denomination (PCD) across West Africa and to compare the current leadership practices within the PCD to a biblical and theological framework. Since Africa is the fastest growing Christian continent in the world, it is important to give careful attention to matters arising within the church leadership. The researcher believes that this study helped shed light on leadership challenges within African Christianity, Christian education, and most importantly within the Pentecostal/Charismatic denomination. It also provides information that will advance the literature base within African Christianity as it relates to PCD. Based on the findings, the results suggests that autocratic leadership is the primary leadership structure within most PCD churches in the region. Seventy percent of the survey participants selected single structure leadership as the leadership style in their local church while the remaining thirty percent of the participants selected shared leadership. The majority, 70%, of the participants who perceived their church was governed by a group of individuals, are also of the opinion that single structure leadership is still presently practiced in their local church and that one single individual has the autonomous power to make key decisions. The findings revealed three types of leadership structure within PCD churches in West Africa.
  • Editor's Introduction

    Schmalz, Mathew N. (CrossWorks, 2021-12-21)
  • Gids op manuskripte van die gemeentes in die Argiefbewaarplek van die Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika, Pretoria

    University of Michigan; Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika. Argiefbewaarplek (Pretoria : Staatsargiefdiens, 1992-01-01)
    Book digitized by Google from the library of the University of Michigan and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.
  • Introduction to the Comparative Phonetics of English and French in North America

    Picard, Marc.
    This textbook is designed to fill two basic needs. One is for a clear and straightforward presentation of the rudiments of articulatory phonetics which is geared specifically to the requirements of the (future) language teacher, and not exclusively to the student of linguistics, and in which the basic concepts and terminology are introduced via English as opposed to a variety of languages. An even greater need, perhaps, and one that has gone unfulfilled for too long, is for a simple but reasonably complete overview of the phonetic inventory of North American French.
  • Doing Public Theology in African Christianity: A Reflection on Communiques by Churches in Ghana

    Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong (Noyam Publishers, 2021-11-01)
    Faith in public life can be associated with Christianity in Ghana from the days of
 the early Western missionaries. Christian faith perspectives on matters of public
 concerns however, assumed a wider scope with the practice of regular issuance of
 communiques to governments and the people of Ghana by the churches. Christian
 ministry is expected to be holistic. A holistic approach in Christian ministry is
 considered to lead to the holistic development of the nation for the common good
 and the glory of God. Church leaders subsequently, bring their faith perspectives
 to matters of public concerns as a ministerial mandate to be in pilgrimage with the
 people. The study is a reflection on how the churches’ communiques are done and the
 factors that make the communiques theological in the public space. It further seeks
 to identify the contribution of the construction of communiques to public theology in
 Christianity in Ghana. The study as qualitative, examines both available primary and
 secondary sources. Copies of communiques of some selected churches, ecumenical
 bodies and joint communiques by ecumenical bodies are examined to appreciate
 insights of communiques by the churches. The study seeks to make a contribution to
 the theological construction of public theologies in Ghana and African Christianity.
  • Christian Advocacy Ministry in African Christianity: The Nature, Prospects and Challenges in Ghana

    Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong (Noyam Publishers, 2021-11-01)
    The contributions of the church to the social, economic and political growth of
 Ghana have been locally and internationally recognized. There is the need therefore,
 to subject the nature, prospects and challenges of the Christian advocacy of the
 church in Ghana to intellectual scrutiny to identify the issues that must be addressed for the church to perform its advocacy effectively. The study is an examination of the Christian advocacy ministry of the church in Ghana. It used both primary and secondary materials to generate data. Minutes and reports were examined for some primary information. The analysis of the available information points to the fact that the church must pay attention to niche management, capacity building of church leaders, enhance its public theology, creation of platforms for reflections, address the attacks on voices of wisdom, and direct attention to the role of the non-clergy in the advocacy ministry for its future Christian advocacy ministry. The study has added to knowledge in the disciplines of Church and Society and Public Theology.
  • Tertullian the African

    Wilhite, David E. (De Gruyter, 2021-12-07)
    This work is largely a social history of Tertullian, a Christian from Carthage (c.160� CE), and his ancient African context, which is viewed through a postcolonial lens.Theories from the discipline of social/cultural anthropology, e.g. kinship, class and ethnicity, are applied to selections of Tertullian`s writings.Some of the issues addressed include identity politics, Roman/African relations, martyrdom and the so-called Montanist heresy.
  • Contesting Promised Land:Moravian Mission Land Conflict in South Africa around 1900

    Henningsen, Anne Folke (2010)
    I artiklen analyseres jordkonflikter i Sydafrika gennem retssager mellem den herrnhutiske missionskirke i landet og grupper af utilfredse bebore på missionsstationerne over retten til den jord missionstationerne ligger på.
  • An Analysis and Evaluation of Church Administration in the Evangelical Churches of West Africa, Nigeria

    Kingery, Dwane; Carrell, John; Clarke, Charles M.; Martin, B. E.; Kore, Danfulani Zamani (North Texas State University, 1980-08)
    The purposes of this study were to discover the current status of church administration of the Evangelical Churches of West Africa (ECWA) and to offer recommendations. In order to achieve these purposes, an extensive review of the professional literature dealing with church administration and management was conducted, and a questionnaire was constructed and categorized into the following broad areas of church administration: (1) church government, (2) educational leadership (3) evangelism and missions, (4) financial management, and (5) general administration. The following conclusions were drawn: 1. Management of church affaris under the four administrative church councils appears to be less than effective. 2. Professional local church leadership appears to be weak. 3. Strategies regarding recruitment of missionaries and mission finances appear weak. 4. The ECWA appears to lack both an acceptable criteria and specified groups for evaluation of theological programs. 5. Better financial management is one of ECWA's major areas of need. 6. Written personel guidelines and job descriptions are a critical need in ECWA church administration. 7. The need for effective communication may be one of the major problems facing ECWA.
  • Christianity in Transformation: The rise of African Christianity among the AmaXhosa of the Eastern Cape

    Mokhoathi, J. (Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the Free State, 2021-12-10)
    This article explores the roots and expansion of African Christianity – that is, the synthesis of Christianity and AfricanTraditional Religion among the amaXhosa tribes of the Eastern Cape. This form of synthesis appears to have been an age-old problem of the Christian church, beginning with the missionary epoch, and up to contemporary times, and it is still not acknowledged. It appears that conservative Christians, in particular, undermine this realism. Reflecting on the character and life of Ntsikana, who was both a Xhosa Christian prophet and a diviner, this article debates the acceptance of African Christianity by indigenous converts as a way of transforming or contextualising Christianity to communicate with the African religious heritage. Using a qualitative research approach, in the form of document analysis, the article found that African Christianity amongthe AmaXhosa of the Eastern Cape has existed for a long time and has become an acceptable form of expression intransforming Christianity to communicate with the African cultural context.
  • Die Christelik-nasionale onderwysgedagte met spesiale verwysing na Suid-Afrika

    Stellenbosch University. Faculty of . Dept. of .; Du Plessis, W. S.(Willem Steenkamp) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-08-27)
    Proefskrif (M. Ed.) -- Universiteit van Stellenbosch, 1966.
  • Die ontwerp van 'n basiese opleidingsprogram vir Christelike jeugleiers binne skoolverband met besondere verwysing na die Afr. CSV-leier

    Stellenbosch University. Faculty of . Dept. of .; Burger, A. J. S.(Alwyn Johannes Stephanus) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-08-27)
    Thesis (MEd) -- University of Stellenbosch, 1983.
  • n Meningsopname oor die praktyk van Bybelonderrig in Kaaplandse skole

    Stellenbosch University. Faculty of . Dept. of .; Bardin, R. L.(Robert Louwrens) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-08-27)
    Full text to be digitised and attached to bibliographic record.
  • Die kerk as eksterne determinant van die skool

    Annandale, George Scott (2014-04-15)
    M.Ed.
  • Die invloed van die christelike geloof op die skoolhoof se bestuurstyl

    Viljoen, Joseph Cornelius Herculus (2014-07-23)
    D.Ed. (Educational Management)

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