247 Reviews OLUPONA, Jacob K. & NYANG, SULAYMAN, S. (eds.), Religious Plurality in Africa: Essays in Honour of John S. Mbiti, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyer, 1993, xxi + 455 pp., DM 228, ISBN 3 11 0122200 This book is a Festschrifl, honouring the pioneering work undertaken by John Samuel Mbiti in developing African theological reflection. The contributors are neatly divided between Southern (11) and Northern (10) authors, evidence of the cross-cultural impact of Mbiti's work. This reviewer met Mbiti in 1969 at Makerere University, Kampala. It was the year in which he published his first book, African Religions and Philosophy, which launched him in the outside world but also earned him the most criticism. However, I myself am grateful for Mbiti's strong conviction expressed in it that historically Christianity 'can rightly be described as an indigenous, traditional and African religion' (p. 229), because it became a guiding principle for my own missiological research and interpretation of Christianity in Africa. Mbiti published five other major works: Concepts of God in Afi'zca (1970), New Testament Eschatology in an African Background (1971-a revision of his Cambridge Ph.D. thesis), Introduction to African Religion (1975), The Prayers of African Religion (1975), and Bible
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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