Contextualizing Eschatology in African Cultural and Religious Beliefs: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Contextualizing Eschatology in African Cultural and Religious Beliefs

1st Edition

By Ibigbolade Simon Aderibigbe


144 pages

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Hardback: 9781138491434
pub: 2019-12-01
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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 world views within the context of the peoples traditional heritage.

The concept of eschatology is usually explained from the perspective of "end times" in relation to either the human individual or and 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 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 – "Gate-ways" to African Eschatological Beliefs and Practices

5. The After Life, 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

About the Author

Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe is an Associate Professor of Religion at The University of Georgia, USA.

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 / Islam / Theology
RELIGION / Philosophy
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Eschatology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies