On Communitarian Divinity: An African Interpretation of the Trinity

On Communitarian Divinity: An African Interpretation of the Trinity

by A. Okechukwu Ogbonnaya
     
 

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The Trinity has long been considered an enigma within Western Christendom because the worldviews from which it has been apprehended have not been compatible with the worldview of the persons who developed the doctrine. This book presents the case for looking at the concept of Godùspecifically, the doctrine of the Trinityùfrom an African perspective.

Overview

The Trinity has long been considered an enigma within Western Christendom because the worldviews from which it has been apprehended have not been compatible with the worldview of the persons who developed the doctrine. This book presents the case for looking at the concept of Godùspecifically, the doctrine of the Trinityùfrom an African perspective. Ogbormaya's provocative views will compel the reader to rethink what is meant by reference to the complex and loaded concepts ôAfrican,ö 'Christian,ö and ôTrinity.ö On Communitarian Divinity displaces traditionally authorized versions of the doctrine of Trinity rooted in the Gr'co-Roman philosophical schools of Plato and Aristotle with a resolute and passionate African-centric gaze. This gaze traverses the continent of Africa, from ancient Egypt in the northeast to the Igbo, Yoruba in WestAfrica. Utilizing a cross-cultural African perspective enables Ogbonnaya to persuade and convince any reasonably open-minded reader that the Christian idea of a God who is One-and-Many, or Three-in-One, was organically related to the African community and family understanding of early church ôFathersö such as Tertullian living in North Africa. One is invited to embrace a provocatively ôcommunitarianö concept of the Divine inner life and its social implications. On Communitarian Divinity offers us a new pluriform way of becoming Christian in an increasingly conflictual pluralist world.

Editorial Reviews

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"On the basis of his concept of African ‘comunothcism,' Ogbonnaya has made I fascinating proposal about Tertullian's theology and thereby the origins of Christian Trinitarianism."—David Ray Griffin, School of Theology at Claremont "Ogbonnaya's study is provocative. He has forced more serious rethinking about long held assumptions about the whole range of issues involved in the study of religion and Culture."—Vincent L. Wimbush, Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Union Theological Seminary "A ground-breaking piece of African theology."—Joseph Mante, Process and Faith "A communitarian understanding of the Trinitarian doctrine of God has been overdue. Dr. Ogbonnaya breaks the ground for us is his interpretation of the doctrine from an African perspective."—Peter Mwiti Rukungah, author of Towards Becoming Muntu: Personhood, Life Transition, and Therapy "Ogbonnaya has written an exciting new chapter in the history of theology. His vision of a ‘communitarian' concept of God, rooted in the African notion of community has much to offer our own fragmented society. Here are some fresh insights into the Trinitrian nature of God that do not depend on the hierarchical and monarchical paradigms prevalent in much of Western theology"—Karen Jo Torjesen, author of When Women Were Priests "A no-holds-barred intellectual assault on traditional Eurocentric Christian views of divine absoluteness, solitariness, and despotism."—Garth Baker-Fletcher, author of Somebodyness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Theory of Dignity

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557787705
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

DR. A. OKECHUKWU OGBONNAYA holds a BA from Hillcrest Christian College in Alberta, Canada, an MA from Western Evangelical Seminary and an MA and Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Ogbonnaya is a leading lecturer on African world views and their contributions to Christian thought and practices. He is currently the Vice President of Editorial for UMI, The African American Christian Publishing and Communication Co. in Chicago and editor of Precepts for Living-The UMI Sunday School Commentary.

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