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Christ and the Ancestors in a Changing Africa (Klaus Nurnberger author).

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Ancestor veneration is practised widely in mainline churches in Africa, Asia and Latin America, usually in secret. Let us remove the stigma, bring it into the open and respond creatively to the spiritual needs of those concerned. The author listens to African traditional spirituality, the biblical witness, the Reformation, modernity and the future of humankind. What do they say? What could be a well-founded theological response?.

‘The prime value of the book lies in its magisterial analysis of African traditional spirituality and the unequivocal responses from both the Old and New Testaments, the Reformation and modernity. Never before has the impact of past orientation and the assumed role of ancestral spirits been confronted with such rigour, clarity and candour.’ (Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, RC Diocese of Johannesburg).

‘This book engages themes which few have had the courage to confront. The very fact of considering four traditions together suggests a dialogical path seldom explored.’ (Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Unisa).

‘Hardly anybody has placed the discussion on ancestors in the wider contexts of modernity, postmodernity and globalism in such an arresting and challenging manner.’ (Prof Inus Daneel, University of Chicago).

‘The publication will open a fresh debate on the issue based on views that are now coming from the entire theological discourse in South Africa, the region and the continent.’ (Dean Dr Mogomme Masoga, ELCSA, Pretoria).

‘The author takes great effort to clarify his thoughts and express them lucidly, making it easy for his readers to respond without obscurantism.’ (Prof Jesse Mugambi, University of Nairobi). Klaus Nurnberger is Professor Emeritus, Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Klaus Nurnberger