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Genesis 1-11 and the African worldview : conflict or conformity?

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dc.contributor.advisor Lubbe, G. J. A. en Chalk, Jack Pryor en 2009-08-25T11:01:04Z 2009-08-25T11:01:04Z 2009-08-25T11:01:04Z 2006-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Chalk, Jack Pryor (2009) Genesis 1-11 and the African worldview : conflict or conformity?, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to present an analysis of the belief systems of the worldviews behind the religions of Christianity and African Traditional Religion with a view toward aiding the Christian church in African help its converts from African Traditional Religion to hold a biblical worldview in the areas where the biblical and traditional African worldviews conflict. The two worldviews were analyzed, and compared using the philosophical elements of a worldview and the religious dimensions of how a worldview is lived out in culture. Genesis 1-11 of the Christian Bible was used as the basis for the biblical or Christian worldview. The Christian believes that the Bible is God's inspired word to mankind and that what is recorded in Genesis 1-11 gives God's answers to the basic philosophical questions that make up a worldview. Therefore, Christian philosophy and the Christian worldview are postulated on God's special revelation as recorded in the Bible. The African worldview is based upon the sayings and traditions of the elders as received from the ancestors. The traditional African believes in the trustworthiness of the ancestors as strongly as the Christian believes in the trustworthiness of the Bible. When an African converts from African Traditional Religion to Christianity he encounters a conflict of beliefs in certain philosophical elements of his worldview. Upon the conviction that beliefs determine practice, unless the African convert to Christianity changes his beliefs he will not change his practice, and syncretism will be the result. After analyzing the two worldviews, the areas of conflict in beliefs were presented with recommendations for bringing the African Christian's worldview beliefs into conformity with the Christian worldview. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 278 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Africa en
dc.subject African traditional Religion en
dc.subject African worldview en
dc.subject Biblical worldview en
dc.subject Christianity en
dc.subject Christian worldview en
dc.subject Philosophical elements of worldview en
dc.subject Philosophy en
dc.subject Religious dimensions of worldview en
dc.subject Syncretism en
dc.subject Worldview en
dc.subject.ddc 261.096
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. O.T. Genesis I-XI -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
dc.subject.lcsh Church and the world
dc.subject.lcsh Africa -- Religion Ideology -- Religious aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity and other religions -- African
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophical theology
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity and culture -- Africa
dc.title Genesis 1-11 and the African worldview : conflict or conformity? en
dc.type Thesis en en
dc.description.department Religious Studies and Arabic en D.Litt. et Phil. (Religious Studies) en

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