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Community and Trinity in Africa

1st Edition

By Ibrahim S. Bitrus


200 pages

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Community and Trinity in Africa recasts the African tradition of community from a theological perspective. Ibrahim S. Bitrus explains the new Trinitarian hermeneutics of God as the fundamental framework for constructing an authentic African tradition of community.

The book explores the tripartite structural evils of the patriarchal tradition, the Big Man/Woman syndrome, and ethnic-religious nepotism, which distort the African tradition of community. It analyzes Trinitarian proposals that liberate the distorted African tradition of community and concludes that an authentic African tradition of community is one that embodies individuality without libertarian individualism, communality without patriarchy, and mutual multi-ethnic and religious relations without nepotism and domination.

Arguing that the communion of the Triune God is not a moral ideal, but a gift for restructuring the church and society, this book is an essential read for scholars of African Christianity and Christian theology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Major African Communal Structural Evils 3. The "Amazing History" of the Trinity 4. The New Hermeneutics of the Trinity 5. An Authentic African Tradition of Community

About the Author

Ibrahim S. Bitrus earned his PhD in Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, USA and is currently the Nigerian Theologian in Residence for the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Religion in Africa and the Diaspora

Books in this series examine the diverse religious traditions that are practiced by African people on the continent and in the diaspora.

Themes explored will include indigenous African religions, Christianity, Islam, religion in everyday life, syncretic religions, and religion in social, economic and political context, religion and ethnicity, religious institutions, new religious movements, spirituality, religious history, gender and sexuality and religion.

To submit a proposal for this series please contact Leanne Hinves

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Christianity / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies