Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Trajectories of Religion in Africa: Essays in Honour of John S. Pobee

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Trajectories of Religion in Africa: Essays in Honour of John S. Pobee

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Trajectories of Religion in Africa: Essays in Honour of John S. Pobee.

Edited by Cephas N. Omenyo and Eric B. Anum. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014. Pp. 414.

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Trajectories of Religion in Africa is a Festschrift in honor of John Pobee, professor emeritus in the Department of the Study of Religions, University of Ghana, and former provost of the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Ghana. Primarily seeking to focus on topics that reflect Pobee's "scholastic and ecclesiastical engagements" (16), the book's twenty-one essays address a number of issues related to religion and its role in African life. Grouped under four main categories--mission, ecumenism, and theological education; religion and public space; religion and culture; and the Bible in Africa--a number of the essays deal more specifically with the relationship of Christianity to African cultures. "Biblical Faith and Culture," by Hans-Ruedi Weber, for instance, argues for continuous translation and interpretation of the Bible in Africa and new cultures worldwide.

Some essays also explore the importance of theological education and the role of religion in social and political life in Africa. In '"God Bless Our Homeland Ghana': Religion and Politics in a Post-Colonial African State," Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu brilliantly analyzes the symbiotic relationships that exist between religion and politics in Ghana. …

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