JESUS THE ANCESTOR: READING THE STORY OF JESUS FROM AN AFRICAN CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

Charles A Wanamaker

Abstract


1. Introduction .
For more than two-hundred years South Africa has been the meeting place for two
fundamentally different types of religious traditions: African traditional religions and
Western European Christian religions. Each of these two traditions possesses its own world
view, its own beliefs, practices, and behaviour codes and is embedded in its own distinctive
culture. One, European Christianity, is historically an interloping missionary religion with
numerous quite distinct and often competing manifestations. As an interloping religion in
South Africa it has sought to convert people to its beliefs, practices, and behaviour patterns,
as well as to European culture which is its carrier. African traditional religions, by way of
contrast, are not missionary religions at all. Instead they are the religions of small scale,
non-literate societies and are based on lineal descent from a common ancestor or
membership in a particular clan or tribal group.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/62-0-622

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