Contextualizing Eschatology in African Cultural and Religious Beliefs addresses the African consciousness and nuances of eschatological beliefs as part and parcel of the holistic African Indigenous worldviews within the context of the people's traditional heritage.
The concept of eschatology is usually explained from the perspective of "endtimes" in relation to either the human individual or the cosmos. Within these contexts, the primary interests, particularly with regard to human eschatology, have centred on the questions of death, afterlife, immortality, destiny, judgment, reward and punishment, and the final destination or eternal "home" of humans. This book explores the characteristic nature, the modes, the process as well as the dynamics associated with the various features culminating the functional expression of the "reality" of eschatological beliefs demonstrated in varied but fundamentally the same subject matter of practices among different African ethnic groups. It also discusses the influences of other religious traditions, particularly Christianity and Islam, on contemporary African eschatological thoughts and their attendant consequences.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African studies, eschatology, religious studies, and the philosophy of religion.
Table of Contents
1. Introductory: Universal concepts of Eschatology: Definitions, Developmental Explanations and Beliefs in Major Religious Traditions 2. Eschatology in African Traditional Cultural and Religious Worldviews: General Overview 3. Cosmological and Ontological Prelude to African Eschatology: The Dynamics of Creation and Nature of the Universe and Humans. 4. Human Nature, Rites of Passage, Death, and Funeral Rites: "Gateways" to African Eschatological Beliefs and Practices 5. The Afterlife, Ancestral Cult, and African Eschatology 6. Reincarnation and African Eschatological Paradigms 7. End-Times: Of Final Judgment and End of Cosmos in African Eschatological Prism 8. Contemporary Influences, Future of African Concept of Eschatology and Conclusion
Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe is a Professor of Religion at The University of Georgia, USA.