Authentic African Christianity: An Inculturation Model for the Igbo

Authentic African Christianity: An Inculturation Model for the Igbo

Authentic African Christianity: An Inculturation Model for the Igbo

Authentic African Christianity: An Inculturation Model for the Igbo

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This book was originally a doctoral dissertation submitted to the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is written to fulfill my long-time desire for a critical and realistic evaluation of Christianity in Igboland, with a view to suggesting a practical and enduring remedy for the inauthentic nature of much Igbo Christianity. The Primary focus is the examination of Christianity in Igboland and a proposal for dialogue as an effective inculturation model for authentic Igbo Christianity.

I believe that Christianity will become authentically Igbo only when the Igbo hear the Christian message in their own language and conceive Christian meanings in the symbols and metaphors which are native to them. With a combination of literary and field research, this book presents the current nature of Igbo Christianity, highlighting its inadequacies, and formulates practical steps to achieving authentic Igbo Christianity.

With a total of nine chapters, this book examines the general nature of African religions and places a special emphasis on Igbo religion. The introduction of Christianity in Igboland is discussed, and a brief history of each of the major mission and indigenous Churches is given. The book examines also the current condition of the church in Igboland, with a special focus on the Owerri Igbo. Discussing definitionally, seven theories of inculturation, and offering an explanation of dialogue and the dialogical method of evangelism, the book suggests that dialogue is at the core of the authentic appropriation of Christianity by the Igbo.

My gratitude goes to the following individuals and group of individuals who through their moral or financial contributions made it easier for me to come up with this book: Rev. and Mrs. James L. Snardon and members of Joshua Tabernacle Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky; Rev. and Mrs. M.D. Sledd; James and Annette Sledd, Steven and Bertha Jones . . .

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