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Title:African Religion and Christianity in Dialogue: An Appraisal from the African Perspective
Author:Aderibigbe, Gbola
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Africa
African religions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Abstract:The relationship between African religion and Christianity has significantly changed from what obtained from initial contacts. The new development and the extensive presence of Christianity on African soil calls for urgent and sustained dialogue between Christians and practitioners of African religion (Afrelians). The dialogue must commence with identifying and stressing the identical elements in the two religions, such as the belief in the supremacy of a Supreme Being, the concept of afterlife, as well as certain elements of worship, such as prayer, singing/dancing and sacrifice. Apart from the common grounds there are other factors that can facilitate dialogue between the two religions. These factors are the positive dispositions in terms of accommodation: tolerance, desire for peaceful coexistence, recognition of right and truth. Furthermore, dialogue can only take place when certain general factors are consciously put into place (maturity and sincerity of the participants, equal knowledge of the subject) and when Christianity fully recognizes African religion as a religion in its own right. Notes, ref.