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Title:Traditional religious beliefs and spiritual churches in Ghana: a preliminary statement
Author:Opoku, Kofi Asare
Periodical:Research Review
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:African religions
African Independent Churches
Abstract:The Spiritual Churches combine in themselves what was accepted and what was rejected by the recipients of the Christian Evangel. The syncretic fusion of ideas both Christian and African, evidenced in the Spiritual Churches, contributes in making them an acceptable mosaic to their adherents. The large number of people flocking to these Churches indicates that some need is being met. That membership does not compel or demand the radical break with tradition contributes significantly to the 'bridging' function served by Spiritual Churches which are on the crest of a new wave expansion. This study reveals that there exists a continuity of traditional African culture, despite the fragmentation and other influences which contact with Western culture has effected within it. Yet, what one finds is a blending of both old and new, a synthesis of the apostolic 'kerygma' with authentic African insight. Notes.