Secularism and Africa

In the Light of the Intercultural Christ

By Jim Harries

Foreword by Jean Ann Johnson

Secularism and Africa

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  • Publication Date: 4/15/2015
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Secularism and Africa

In the Light of the Intercultural Christ

By Jim Harries

Foreword by Jean Ann Johnson

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  • ISBN: 9781625647702
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Secular assumptions underlie much formal communication between the West and Africa, and even intra-Africa. Secularism is dualistic by nature, but thinking in Africa is mostly monistic. This book suggests that it is better to be rooted in faith in Christ than in so-called secularism. The great respect given to the Bible in much of Africa verifies this idea. Communication of and through Christ is a bridge that can enable indigenous sustainable development. The same gospel is the bridge over which the West itself passes. Maintaining supposedly secular presuppositions may be denying sub-Saharan African people the means for self-initiated sustainable progress.

This books draws on anthropology, linguistics, and theology, as well as the author's experience of living in Africa. Harries shares an autobiographical account of personal long-term grassroots ministry, and proposes a revision of widely held understandings of linguistics pertaining especially to the relationship between the West and Africa. He also looks at Bible teaching ministry in light of contemporary African contexts.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"As a long-term missionary and anthropologically-minded theologian, Jim Harries is a highly original and creative thinker. Here he brings his considerable experience together with sophisticated theoretical reflection to question the secular bases of mission, development, and scholarship. Joining a lively conversation on these questions, Harries book is an excellent contribution for missionaries, development workers, and others seeking to understand how secular assumptions shape global mission, development, and anthropology.
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--Brian Howell, Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College

Contributors-

Jim Harries
Jean Ann Johnson

Bio(s)-

Jim Harries (b. 1964) has a PhD in theology (Birmingham, UK) and degrees in Biblical interpretation, development and agriculture. Following a call to serve God in Africa, Jim has lived in Zambia then Kenya since 1988. Jim's ministry to indigenous churches, which includes bible teaching and relationship building, is engaged using the Luo and Swahili languages. Jim has many published articles related to his work in Africa. Jim chairs the Alliance for Vulnerable Mission.

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