The Traditional African Concept of God and the Christian Concept of God

Chukwu bụ ndụ – God is Life (The Igbo Perspective)

by Peter Chiehiura Uzor (Author)
©2004 Thesis 610 Pages
Series: Bamberger Theologische Studien, Volume 24


This book is motivated by the positive view of the non-Christian religions expressed by the Fathers of the Vatican Council II (cf. NA 2a), a revolutionary view considered from the official teaching of the tradition of the Church up till then, and much more in such a central issue as the belief in God. This book aims at initiating a healthy interaction between the Christian understanding of God and the understanding of God in the traditional religion of the Igbo people of West Africa. In approaching this task this special study pursues some major aims. In the first place it engages itself in the clarification of some basic issues: Are the religious experiences which are phenomenologically found in all religions including the Igbo religion only mere human fabrications or do they originate from a revelation of God? Secondly, this publication working with the innovative analysis of the theophoral personal names provides some profound factual information about the concrete contents of the Igbo religion on God. Thirdly, the author tries to find out whether there could be a basic agreement between the understanding of God in Igbo religion and the biblical revelation. In this work the fundamental agreement is found in the conviction that God in traditional Igbo religion, Chukwu and the God of the Bible is the God of life. The purpose of this book therefore, is to bring back the question of God to the centre of existential Christian life: it is to make the theme of God the motivation and criterion for the whole Christian life and spirituality – both individually and communally. The theme of the God of life introduces God into life and connects the problems and questions of men and women of today to the theme of God.


ISBN (Softcover)
Ibo Religion Gott Christentum Igbo Nigeria West Africa chi Jesus Christianity
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. 610 pp.

Biographical notes

Peter Chiehiura Uzor (Author)

The Author: Peter Chiehiụra Uzor (S.M.M.M.), born in 1967 at Amakohia in Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area in Imo State of Nigeria, studied philosophy at St. Joseph’s Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene from 1986 to 1990 for a Baccalaureate in Philosophy. He studied theology at Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu from 1990 to 1994, an affiliate of Urban University Rome for a Baccalaureate in Catholic Theology. The author was ordained a Catholic Priest in Nigeria as a member of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy. He gathered some pastoral experience as a rector of Mercy Seminary Bende in Abia State before he proceeded for postgraduate studies in Germany. In 2003 he took his doctorate degree at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Bamberg.


Title: The Traditional African Concept of God and the Christian Concept of God