The study of the Odwira festival is the key to the understanding of Asante religious and political life in Ghana. The book explores the nature of the Odwira festival longitudinally--in pre-colonial, colonial and post-independence Ghana--and examines the Odwira ideology and its implications for understanding the Asante self-identity. The book also discusses how some elements of faith portrayed in the Odwira festival could provide a framework for Christianity to engage with Asante culture at a greater depth. Theological themes in Asante belief that have emerged from this study include the theology of sacrament, ecclesiology, eschatology, Christology and a complex concept of time. The author argues that Asante cultural identity lies at the heart of the process by which the Asante Christian faith is carried forward.
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"Dr Frank Adams earths the discussion of gospel and culture in a valuable study through time of the engagement of the Christian faith and pre-Christian African religious ideas and values. His work shows what the Christian world lost by his early and untimely transition to glory. "He being dead yet speaketh" through this study which shows that an authentic cultural identity is not lost but achieved through the engagement of gospel with the elements of faith present in a traditional culture." Canon Dr. Chris Sugden, Executive Secretary, Anglican Mainstream
Frank Kwesi Adams
Rev. Frank Kwesi Adams (PhD, Wales) served as General Secretary of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, a regional secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, until his death. He completed his BD and MTh at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Switzerland.