About 10 per cent of the African population is still practicing some form of traditional religion today. Traditional healers were regarded as heathens because of their participation in African Traditional Religion. The latest edition covers 550 African peoples and languages, compared with 300 in the first edition. In recent times these chasm is ever widening as Christians faced with the dilemma of engaging in their cultural practises are looked upon with disdain by their pastors and also by their fellow Christians as partaking in heathen cultural practices. Foreign anthropologists from late 19thc. "African culture is built and relayed largely on oral (and symbolic) tradition. European Christian missionaries from 16th century onwards see African religions as demonic, primitive, evil & stupid • 2. J ohn S. M biti is Professor of Theology and Comparative Religion in Makere University College, Uganda. There are common beliefs in Africa although the continent is a large with many different cultures and Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. African traditinal religion has always been pushed to the backstage and has been degraded and abused by us Afrricans and its the same all ova da world where the old tolerant religions have been dropped becuz of d monotheistic fanatical islam n christianity. Despite the intensity of Christian missionary effort and the thousand years of Muslim proselytising which have marked the various parts of Africa, African religions contiued to manifest vitality everywhere. Christianity was undoubtedly the religion created by those who conquered african nations. This book describes itself as: ‘a cultural, psychological study of the way Christian Malawians account for their involvement in African traditional religion’. The beliefs and practices of the traditional religions in Africa can enrich Christian theology and spirituality." According to Jesse Mugambi, a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi the book reconfirms that the African cultural and religious heritage is founded on God, a concept that was not thought to exist in traditional religions. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. Canadian Mennonite invites comments and encourages constructive discussion about our content. African Religions and Beliefs. Differences between Christianity and traditional African beliefs and customs (Exodus 20:3-5,Hebrews 10:8-10) 1. Academia.edu no longer supports Internet Explorer. constantly liable to misunderstand the African worldview and beliefs. "This book calls for a thorough re-evaluation of the African cultural and religious heritage, giving it the appreciation it deserves," said Mugambi, who wrote the book's foreward. THE RELATIONSHIP OF CHRISTIANITY TO AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION Part Two Continued from Part One (Taken from my book, African Traditional Religion in Biblical Perspective) (Liberals emphasize the continuity between ATR and Christianity. Some of their beliefs and practices like Caste-system (osu-one There are common beliefs in Africa although the continent is a large with many different cultures and Instead of bringing reconciliation and understanding, Christianity in this case brings division. The major faiths practiced in South Africa are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions and Judaism. The missionaries succeeded in spreading Christianity in Africa at a time when tribal religions were ignored or denigrated. For example…) In the 19th and 20th centuries, under the influence of a higher critical view of Scriptures and the evolutionary development …