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Authenticity of Belief in African (Igbo) Traditional Religion

A Critical Appraisal in the Light of Christian Faith

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Aloysius Ndiukwu

The work presents Abrahamic monotheistic religions and the belief of the traditional religions in Africa, especially in Igboland. Religion exists notwithstanding many rots and bad religious behaviours through systematic and atheistic upbringing. It is true that in the history of mankind, different religions have come and gone and many are still in existence and they are religiously or socially formed. The monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have their complementary religious conviction with Igbo religion. They have the image of God as one and only. The authentic carriers of Igbo religion include religious functionaries, the family, and the elders. The religion is culturally, socially and ethically oriented and so the Gospel message of Christ should not neglect them.
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Acknowledgement

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Authentic human life begins with the acknowledgement of the Supreme Being, whose essence and existence are beyond human comprehension. Although His Being is above human understanding, but human beings come to believe in Him through religions revealed to them in human cultures and traditions. I thank God in a special way, who gave me life, knowledge, wisdom and understanding for the realization of this work. It would not have been completed without His strength, inspiration, guidance, direction and protection. To Him be the glory.

I thank my bishops: Most Rev. Dr. A. T. Ukwuoma and Most Rev. Dr. G. O. Ochiagha (Emeritus) for their fatherly care and the wonderful privilege and opportunity given to me to experience a part of my academic and priestly life in Europe. May God bless them.

I am grateful to my chief moderator, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klausnitzer. His wonderful reading skill, corrections, assistance and encouragement made the completion of this work possible. His correction and suggestions gave my theological knowledge a deep insight. I am proud to have passed through him. I am grateful to my second moderator, Prof. Dr. Erich Garhammer, for his meticulous assistance in correcting this work and for offering useful suggestions.

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