African and African-American Religions

By Dr. Victor Anderson
Read by Sir Ben Kingsley

The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality Series

2.97 Hours 04/17/2006 unabridged
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Some thirty to forty percent of Africans practice traditional religions, many of which survived transportation into the West with the slave trade by combining with elements of Christianity. These traditional religions are often distinguished by dramatic features, including masks, costumes, dancing and singing; they emphasize oral traditions rather than literary scriptures; and they include magical components such as sacrifices and spirit mediums. They affirm that all reality flows from one substance or principle, which manifests in many different gods and values; gods, therefore, are both good and evil. A “trickster” deity often expresses this fundamental ambiguity of life. The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality Series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world’s great religious traditions. It also describes a religion’s way of understanding scripture, identifies its outstanding thinkers, and discusses its attitude and relationship to society.

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Some thirty to forty percent of Africans practice traditional religions, many of which survived transportation into the West with the slave trade by combining with elements of Christianity. These traditional religions are often distinguished by dramatic features, including masks, costumes, dancing and singing; they emphasize oral traditions rather than literary scriptures; and they include magical components such as sacrifices and spirit mediums. They affirm that all reality flows from one substance or principle, which manifests in many different gods and values; gods, therefore, are both good and evil. A “trickster” deity often expresses this fundamental ambiguity of life.

The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality Series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world’s great religious traditions. It also describes a religion’s way of understanding scripture, identifies its outstanding thinkers, and discusses its attitude and relationship to society.

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Author Bio: Dr. Victor Anderson

Dr. Victor Anderson is the Oberlin Theological School Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University and has published three books: Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay in African American Religious and Cultural CriticismPragmatic Theology: Negotiating the Intersection of an American Philosophy of Religion and Public Theology, and Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience. He teaches courses in philosophy of religion, philosophical, theological, and social ethics, African American religious studies, and American philosophy and religious thought. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 2.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English