PREACHING AND CULTURAL IDENTITY by John Wesley Zwomunondiita Kurewa
The thesis of this book is threefold:
- that the Church in Africa continues to affirm the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ;
- that the Church in Africa learns afresh to indigenize itself to the point that Christianity truly becomes an African religion; and
- that preaching in Africa needs to increasingly use African historical, cultural, traditional-religious concepts, imagery, and idiom (rather than missionary-given Western forms) in order to communicate the gospel more effectively in the new millennium.
- Suggests homiletical theory from and for the African context
- Advocates the value of indigenous preaching, imagery, and concepts
- Covers a wide range of ideas, acknowledging that access to books, particularly from an indigenous perspective, is severely limited for most African students/preachers
Kurewa invites the African Church to take a closer look at African culture as God-given, rather than continuing to preach, worship, sing, and counsel like African-westerners imitating missionaries. Kurewa urges the African Church to claim its own culture with pride and integrity; he gives examples on how specific customs can be integrated into Christian life, worship, and preaching.
- Provides a resource that offers the kind of insight into the African situation that will enrich the preaching of indigenous preachers and missionaries
- Offers African students a concise resource that attends to a number of crucial issues
- Offers a vision for preaching in African for the next millennium
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JOHN WESLEY ZWOMUNONDIITA KUREWA is Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Faculty of Theology, Africa University, Zimbabwe.
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