African Religions Philosophy (African Writers)

African Religions Philosophy (African Writers)➞ [Epub] ❥ African Religions Philosophy (African Writers) By John S. Mbiti ➨ – African Religions and Philosophy is a systematic study of the attitudes of mind and belief that have evolved in the many societies of Africa In this second edition Dr Mbiti has updated his material to African Religions and Philosophy is a systematic study of the attitudes of mind and belief that have evolved in the many societies of Africa In this second edition Dr Mbiti has updated his material to include the involvement of women in religion and African Religions PDF/EPUB ² the potential unity to be found in what was once thought to be a mass of uite separate religionsMbiti adds a new dimension to the understanding of the history thinking and life throughout the African continent Religion is approached from an African point of view but is as accessible to readers who belong to non African societies as it is to those who have grown up in African nationsSince its first publication this book has become acknowledged as the standard work in the field of study and it is essential reading for anyone concerned with African religion history philosophy anthropology or general African studies. I WOULD LIKE TO START READING IT NOW Mbiti's African Religions and Philosophy is a great addition to Philosophy In a field that is predominantly Angloid due primarily to a methodology that still refuses to recognize non Western forms of Philosophy Mbiti's work shines light on the much maligned and fetishized field of its African variant Far too often do we see African systems of thought patronized or in the worst cases deliberately misconstrued in an attempt to prove the backwardness or primitiveness of indigenous traditions While the scholarly bias is avoided this otherwise stellar work is marred by Religious biasThe prose reads smoothly though at times it lacks the sense of wonder Mbiti holds Insight also into the classic uestions the nature of God Good and Evil for instance even concepts of Time in African thought are explored He attempts a Pan African estimation of Religious and Philosophical views but fails due to a lack of preciseness and than commonplace generalizations of African thought This however may also be the weakness of Mbiti's work since his interpretation of African religion is distinctly from a Christian perspective although a sympathetic oneMbiti's work undoubtedly is marred by Christian interpretations and a double bind of logic At one point he tries to credit the importance of traditional religions yet he later focuses on the galvanizing of mainstream religions due to African influence and even makes a very blatant bid for the superiority of Christianity I consider traditional religions Islam and the other religious systems to be preparatory and even essential ground in the search for the Ultimate But only Christianity has the terrible responsibility of pointing the way to that ultimate Identity Foundation and Source of Security Mbiti 277Although he claims to be about religious cooperation it's clear that Mbiti views the increased interest in tribal religions and their inherently humanistic traditions at least from a Christian perspective as of a threat than a viable revival Traditional religions must yield and their hold in shaping people's values identities and meanings in life They have been undermined but not overthrown Mbiti 262 Despite the historical effects of religious colonialism that have contributed to many of the problems Mbiti claims to cite as endemic of a tipping point in traditional religions Mbiti seems to think that abandoning them in favor of these same religions which he repeatedly insists are just as 'African' as they are European or Eastern will solve our problems Perhaps what will be most disturbing to readers is his nonchalant dismissal of the lack of scholarship and the grim reality that save a near cataclysmic political change to the very structure of Western Philosophy African traditional beliefs and systems of thought will continue to lose the scholarship these countless systems deserve Perhaps Mbiti's rather detached view of African Humanism in our traditional beliefs is a characteristic display of the current attitude toward non traditional religious and philosophical systems Regardless it becomes odd that Mbiti continues to discuss the supposedly privileged state that traditional religions have amongst the African people Odd given the dearth of seriousness owed to traditions that have been with the people since time immemorial It is clear that in this case Mbiti fails to satisfy the reader and in the worst cases seems to reinforce the same religious colonialist notions of the openly biased Europeans of the past However as a general religious survey of various African beliefs and concepts Mbiti does a stellar job African Religion and Philosophy will be a great introductory work for those whose sole understanding of African religions amounts to what they've seen in horror movies Outside of this it either reaffirms the biases of the reader or outlines several key cultural and academic problems we Afrikans face in the world Mbiti claims to be concerned with the future yet remains reluctant to openly challenge the rifts in scholarship of traditional religions choosing instead to suggest that they've lost their appeal and in the most unsubtle manner possible even become outdated I hope those who read this will be enlightened and in respect to the latter case enflamed with the desire to prove him wrong I read this book many years ago I think it's time for a re read I read part of this for a study abroad course to Tanzania and it was a fabulous introduction to understanding the integration of African philosophy and religion Bought the book so I could read again As a pastor it is a great resource to be able to better understand the African context for religious expression I read this book not to refute what beliefs I disagreed with but to enhance my understanding of the West African mindset the traditional beliefs mindset As a missionary to W Africa this was a good helpful book i want to start reading the book now where do i start? One of the greatest concise histories of African philosophy ever published Good presentation of African religious life Obviously very outdated as it uses terms that are no longer politically correct which begs the uestion of whether or not the practices recorded are still used today Interesting book nonetheless Some gems of insight into the African psyche amid a rough of labored and therefore boring description Tried to power through but couldn't uite finish

African Religions Philosophy Kindle é African
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • African Religions Philosophy (African Writers)
  • John S. Mbiti
  • English
  • 13 September 2014
  • 9780435895914