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Title:Zetaheal Mission in Ghana: Christians and Muslims worshipping together?
Author:Atiemo, Abamfo
Year:2003
Periodical:Exchange: Bulletin of Third World Christian Literature
Volume:32
Issue:1
Pages:15-36
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Christianity
Islam
African religions
Muslim-Christian relations
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254303X00109
Abstract:The Zetaheal Mission, which started in 1975 in Accra, has attracted much attention since its formal inauguration in 1999. The movement is unique among Africa's indigenous new religious movements in its objective of uniting Christianity and Islam into a single religion in such a way that an adherent of Zetaheal is both a Muslim and a Christian. Its prophetess is called Lehem. Her mission is seen as universal and is cast in the mould of the great Semitic founders of religion such as Jesus Christ and the Prophet Mohammed. This paper examines the history, doctrine and practices of the Zetaheal Mission in Ghana. Attention is paid to the movement's beliefs concerning God, Jesus Christ and his work, angels, prophets, scriptures, the human being, salvation, nature, karma, the unity of Christianity and Islam, worship, rites and rituals, and administration. Comparison of Zetaheal with Islam and Christianity shows that, as opposed to Zetaheal's claims, there are many aspects in the movement which seem to be at variance with both Islam and Christianity. Furthermore, the 'ecumenical' dimension of the movement seems rather overplayed. Actually, the point of attraction for most of its nearly 2000 adherents is not the 'ecumenical' character of the movement but the belief that its prophetess has the power to help people overcome the problems of this life. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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