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Title: The penetration of Catholic Christian teachings on the canonical form of marriage into traditional Yoruba culture : inculturation as the way forward
Author: Olaogun, James Adeola
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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The African Understanding of marriage is undoubtedly to be numbered among those customs and usages which must be integrated into the Christian tradition to help towards the creation of a genuinely African Christianity. Christian marriage in Africa finds itself torn between three major demands, namely: the claim of the Gospel as interpreted by Western Christianity, the claims of African tradition, and the claims of modern men and women. This is due to the problem created by the standard which the African Church inherited from the Western Christian Community and its past, made worse by much uncertainty as to the place or implications of the standard for men and women in Africa today. For many decades, Western Scholars have defined and described the African traditional beliefs, institutions and practices in terms contrary to their own faiths and experiences. Early missionaries, explorers, and other foreign investigators branded the religious practices and traditional institutions of the African peoples in such unacceptable and derogatory terms as animism, paganism, heathenism and fetishism. Anything that did not come from the "civilised" world was labelled "primitive". Modern researches based on more thorough sociological, anthropological, linguistic, and theological verifications have demonstrated the inadequacies of the former theories. Through this study, the researcher has demonstrated that the traditional Yoruba institutions and practices like marriage and family life, can and should serve as a point of contact for a kerygmatic proclamation. We must continue to explore ways to put such cultural information at the disposal of the reflecting minister and faith community both critically and practically. The study has suggested at least three postures from which the conversation between the religious tradition and cultural information might begin: (a) the religious tradition challenges the culture; (b) the religious tradition is challenged by the culture; (c) the religious tradition uses the resources of the culture in pursuit of its own religious mission.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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