Christianity and African Spirituality, Can You Practice both?

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Pastor Fika Mathe, founder of Living Stones Assembly, and theologian Dr. Funlola Olojede discuss how Christianity and African spirituality may coexist in Clement Manyathela's new documentary.

In the past, African spirituality and Christianity were considered as diametrically opposed ideologies, with many Africans feeling compelled to pick a side due to colonial religious persecution.

That's changing, though, as seen by government requests for a religious festival dubbed Ancestors Day, traditional healers, and a slew of well-known celebrities declaring their intention to train as traditional healers.

Reverend Fika Mathe and theologian Dr Funlola Olojede join Clement Manyathela to discuss how Christianity and African mysticism may coexist.

It is time for Africans to reclaim their identity, according to Reverend Mathe.

According to the reverend, a majority of African people are unaware of the difference between religion and culture.

He argues that it is critical to recognize this distinction because some people mistakenly believe that certain behaviors are characteristic of African culture when they are not.

Our cultural identity and religious identity will be harmonious if the distinction is made, according to Mathe.

In some cases, callers brought up the bloody history of colonialism, which employed Christian teaching as a weapon.

There is a distinct difference between Christianity and colonialism, according to Dr. Olojede.

He argues that it is critical to separate the history of the missionaries from their underlying religious beliefs and endeavors.

Even while colonialists exploited missionary activities, they were two distinct individuals.

Researcher in theology, Dr. Funlola Olojede


SOURCES:

https://ewn.co.za/2022/03/24/national-ancestors-day-could-shape-recognition-for-african-spirituality


https://ewn.co.za/contributors/keamogetswe-mosepele

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