Akan Rites of Passage and their Reception into Christianity

A Theological Synthesis

by Robert Charles Snyper (Author)
©2003 Thesis 324 Pages


This academic research grapples with the question of the reception of Christianity into a culture and vice versa. It undertakes a systematic theological and anthropological survey of the indigenous rites of transition of the Akans of the Sub-Saharan Africa in relation to the Christian rites of transition or the Christian sacraments. It takes into account the importance of the various cultures from which the Christian sacraments developed and compares these cultures to the Akan culture. The writer concludes that culture cannot be disowned in the evangelization of peoples because culture defines human existence in its totality. Since nobody exists outside of a socio-cultural context, the word of God cannot but find interpretation in a culture if it is to make an impact on peoples. The word of God and cultures are not antithetical, they complement each other. The researcher is of the view that Christian theology cannot but identify itself with cultures in order to eschew exclusivism, inclusivism and absolutism.


ISBN (Softcover)
Inkulturation Rezeption des Christentums und inidigene Kulturen Akan Übergangsritus Christentum Christliche Sakramente und Initiationsriten,
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. 320 pp.

Biographical notes

Robert Charles Snyper (Author)

The Author: Robert Charles Snyper was born in 1964 at Assorku Essaman in Ghana. He studied philosophy and theology in Accra and Cape Coast respectively. He graduated in the study of religions with sociology and was ordained a priest in 1994 for the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast in Ghana. He did post-graduate studies at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Tübingen in Germany. He completed his studies in October 2002.


Title: Akan Rites of Passage and their Reception into Christianity