13 Francis Anekwe Oborji IN DIALOGUE WITH AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION: New Horizons* Introduction The effort to dialogue with African Traditional Religion (ATR) has raised one basic question: Is there any salvific value in ATR? For the merit of any serious religion depends on whether it can bring salvation to its adherents. This is a basic problem in the effort of the church to dialogue not only with ATR, but also with other world religions. In our context, the question boils down to asking, whether ATR could be called a legitimate religion at all? Besides, do the adherents of the religion, above all, need the redemptive acts of Jesus in order to achieve salvation in God? In other words, is Christianity the legitimate religion for the Africans? Does the church need to intensify its work of pastoral attention to the adherents of ATR and to the Christians converted from the religion? Especially, has it been proved to the Africans, in the spirit of dialogue, that ancestral mediation (which is central in ATR) can not bring about the redemption and salvation which are the hallmarks of any serious religion? Related to this is the problem of what African-oriented model to
Mission Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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