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From Christianity to African Religion and back again

A M Meiring

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 26, No 3 (2005), 718-738. doi: 10.4102/ve.v26i3.247

Submitted: 03 October 2005
Published:  03 October 2005


This article passes from Christianity to African Religion and back again, in order to gain new insight on reconciliation. Traditional Christian reconciliation models are valuable but also contextual and limited; thus new models should be sought. African myths of community, acceptance and rebellion offer alternative ways of understanding reconciliation. When evaluated according to the principles of integration and transcendence, these myths meet the criteria of better religion and emphasise Christian notions that are often ignored in tradition Christianity. These new African-inspired insights can be used in Christian liturgy as a number of examples prove.

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A M Meiring, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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