Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christianity and the Veneration of Ancestors written by Afrika Mhlophe

About the book

Should a Christian consult the dead?

Christianity and the Veneration of Ancestors is a book that should be read by every Christian who resides in the continent of Africa. The reason for this is because the practice of venerating the dead affects everyone in Africa, whether they are participants or observers of this practice. In this landmark publication Afrika Mhlophe dares to speak openly about the issue of ancestral veneration in the greater African continent. He boldly highlights and proves the unquestionable links between this long standing cultural tradition and practice along with that of idolatry and its affects in modern contexts. He searches the Scriptures and clearly articulates God's mind regarding the veneration of the dead.

The author traces the practice of venerating the dead back to the land of Canaan and talks about the deep idolatry that was practiced by the Canaanites of old. He talks about abominable acts and pagan practices that have been adapted and assimilated into our contemporary world. Clear distinctions are made between blindly accepted concepts such as "ancestors" and "ancestral spirits". African culture and African Traditional Religion and the author shows the hegemony that African Religion has over African culture and identity.

I this book Pastor Mhlophe not only discusses the theological aspects that relate to the veneration of the dead but also sociological and practical issues that are impacted by this practice.

Pastor Afrika is also the author of Freed by God but imprisoned by Culture.

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