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Religion, Politics and Cults in East Africa

God’s Warriors and Mary’s Saints

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Emmanuel K. Twesigye

Religion, Politics and Cults in East Africa is the first major, original, and extensive research-based study of the apocalyptic and doomsday Catholic Marian Movement and its Benedictine monastic moral and religious practices, including vows of poverty, celibacy, obedience, daily contemplation in silence, and hard work. The Marian Movement is presented within the cultural, historical, political, and religious context of the East African Revival Movement, the Anglican Balokole Movement, Alice Lakwena’s Holy Spirit Movement, Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and other religio-political liberation movements, including the Maji Maji, the Mau Mau, and Nyabingi Liberation Movement. The Marian Movement was locally known as «Abanyabugoto» and «The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God». It began in 1989 as a Catholic women’s Marian devotional and moral reformation movement, founded and headed by Keledonia Mwerinde. Faced with African cultural patriarchy and male-dominated Catholic Church hierarchy, Mwerinde recruited Joseph Kibwetere and the Rev. Fr. Dominic Kataribabo to serve as the public face of the Marian Movement. In response to Catholic hierarchy’s opposition and persecution, Fr. Kataribabo designed a theology of ritual sacrifice, atonement, and martyrdoms for the devout Marian Catholics, who were devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He martyred the Marian devotees in March 2000, in order to transform them into Mary’s saints, and to liberate their souls and send them to heaven, where they would instantly attain eternal life, lasting peace, and happiness.
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The Global Human Problem

Ignorance, Hate, Injustice and Violence

Emmanuel K. Twesigye

The Global Human Problem: Ignorance, Hate, Injustice and Violence is a detailed philosophical-theological and axiological study, analysis and exposition of the global quintessential unique nature of the human being as God's special creature in the whole of the known cosmos. Characteristically, the author identifies the uniqueness of the human being with the human being's more developed and complex mental, linguistic, creative, moral and spiritual capacities which distinguish the human being as God's special creature and concrete moral representative agent or ambassador in God's creation. Subsequently, the author identifies the human reason for being in the world as that of stewardship, namely, taking loving care of all creation as well as one another, regardless of race, color, nationality, creed, ideology or gender. Consequently, prejudice, hate, Violence and war are all equally repudiated.
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Common Ground

Christianity, African Religion and Philosophy

Emmanuel K. Twesigye

Common Ground: Christianity, African Religion and Philosophy is a result of many years of research and reflection on the problem of human existence or «the human problematic» as dealt with in the philosophical-theological traditions of both Africa and the Christian West.
With the help of Karl Rahner's philosophical-theological framework, the author finds that both traditions are concerned with the same universal problems facing the human being arising out of finitude, sin and guilt. Subsequently, the author shows how in each tradition, the preoccupation of both philosophy and religion is that of soteriology and salvation. It is also shown how both traditions are concerned with how to live a Good Life, and that the Good Life is correlative with the free human obedience to God as the Holy Creator and perfect fulfillment of all obedient human beings, everywhere.
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Emmanuel K. Twesigye

This book is both a major expansion and revision of Common Ground: Christianity, African Religion, and Philosophy. The original central thesis has remained unchanged. The central arguments in this book respond to the sensitive theological Christian dogma of « extra ecclesiam nulla salus». The book rejects this doctrine as theologically erroneous, uncharitable, and absurd. The author demonstrates the universal reality and sound logic of the efficacious existence of God's universal salvation and God's kingdom, beyond the confines of the traditional Apostolic Christian Church. God's universal Agape in creation is mediated through God's eternal Word (Logos-Christ). The creative and redemptive cosmic work of God in the Logos-Christ constitutes God's universal gratuitous process of creation and recreation or redemption. No human being or society is ever left out of this redemptive, universal free grace of God. This book has been primarily written for scholars, teachers, and advanced college students or serious readers in the fields of Theology, Philosophy, African Studies, African-American Studies, African Traditional Religion, Ecclesiology, Missiology, Comparative Religion, Cultural Anthropology, and Sociology.
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God, Race, Myth and Power

An Africanist Corrective Research Analysis

Emmanuel K. Twesigye

This book represents an Africanist corrective analysis of research, in respect to the African-American historical and religious experience, beginning with Africa. The book analyzes the depressing negative impact of the domineering patriarchal Western ethnocentrism, racism and sexism on education, the media, scholarship, research and publications, religion, history and the African- American experience. The central argument is that the Western White supremacist racism both in the society and the academia has culminated in the prevailing Eurocentric, ethnocentric and racist worldview which has tragically led to imperialism, injustice, colonialism, slavery, oppression and exploitation of women and the non-White peoples, who were often manipulated and controlled through propaganda, miseducation, religious myths and negative conditioning to hate themselves.