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Christianisation of ancestor veneration within African traditional religions: An evaluation

B. Afeke, P. Verster
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 38, No 1 | a419 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v38i1.419 | © 2004 B. Afeke, P. Verster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2004 | Published: 01 August 2004

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B. Afeke, Department of Missiology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
P. Verster, Department of Missiology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Abstract

Although Africans have welcomed the Gospel message, some African Christians have not yet abandoned the beliefs and practices of traditional religions. Ancestor veneration has been reinstated by some Africans and others try to christianise the concept. In this article an overview of different aspects of the debate on ancestor veneration is given and evaluated. The conclusion reached by the authors is that sound exegesis does not allow ancestor veneration to be tolerated in the Christian church, but that respect for ancestors should be accepted.

Keywords

The Phenomenon And The Unacceptability Of Ancestor Veneration; Biblical Views Of Ancestor Veneration; Christianising Of Ancestor Veneration

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