The place of african traditional religion in interreligious encounters in sierra leone since the advent of islam and christianity by prince sorie conteh. African traditional religions produced no written works, but derived their authority from oral history, custom and practice, and the power of priests, kings and others gifted in dealing with. For decades people thought of african religious life only from the perspective of its relationship to christianity or islam any serious consideration of traditional african religion focused primarily on ancient egypt, which many scholars intellectually removed from the rest of africa. Religion in africa is multifaceted most africans adhere to either christianity or islammany adherents of either religion also practice african traditional religions, with traditions of folk religion]or syncretism practised alongside an adherent's christianity or islam judaism also has roots in africa, due to the time the israelites spent in egypt before the exodus. There is an urgent need for dialogue between christianity and african indigenous religion (air), because the present version of christianity and the increase in the membership of air is alarming the missionary version of christianity accepted by africans can be described as hypocritical.
Politics and religion: politics and african religious traditions africa is home to nearly 600 million people christianity and islam are leading religious traditions — each has in excess of 250 million followers in africa as a result, there are declining numbers of followers of traditional indigenous religions and very few atheists or agnostics. The versions of these religions as they developed in the new world became known as african diaspora religions origins of the diaspora religion when african slaves were transported to the new world between the 16th and 19th centuries, they each brought their own personal beliefs. In a recent debate on a radio station in accra, one of the panelists who identified himself as the priest of african traditional religion, unleashed a tirade against christianity and insisted that christianity is a whiteman's religion which succeeded in ruining african culture. African traditional religion is the religions system of the africans before they become exposed or mixed up with other religions notably judaism, christianity and islam it is still in practice in tropical or sub saharan africa.
Traditional african religion before one starts to outline the traditional religion in africa, one must first explain the way africa is as a whole without the knowledge of the past combined with knowledge of culture, one would have a very vague, if any, understanding of traditional religion. Traditional african religions and music to speak of sacred music in regards to african religions necessitates caution some prefer to speak of sacred music in africa only in regards to religions of the book, especially christianity. Throughout august wilson's plays, characters are struggling with and wrestling over their ideas of religion and god wilson sets up a dichotomy between the role of christianity and the african traditional religion (atr) in two of his plays. The difference between that type of polytheism and the structure of african traditional religion is that in africa the supreme being is not of the rank and file of the divinities.
Religion in africa african religions and beliefs differences between african traditional religion and christianity for centuries, african traditional religion in its myriad of forms was practiced by the majority of africans, but in the last fifty years christianity and islam have become more prominent. Christianity is one of the two major religions in the african continent, the other being islam in africa, the religion was first introduced in egypt in the mid-first century however, the further spread of christianity in north africa was hindered by the islamic conquests of large parts of the region. Therefore, leaving christianity for a traditional african religion exhibits a lack of understanding of the richness of christian theology and our enslaved ancestors’ connection to the faith. African religions, religious beliefs and practices of the peoples of africait should be noted that any attempt to generalize about the nature of “african religions” risks wrongly implying that there is homogeneity among all african culturesin fact, africa is a vast continent encompassing both geographic variation and tremendous cultural diversity.
It is necessary to have the perception of the basic concept of the word “conflict” before exploring the extensive area of conflicts between african traditional religion and christianity conflict is a reality. Atr (african traditional religion) introduction three religions dominates african continent: atr, islam and christianity african traditional religion influences every area of an african life it shapes the character, and the knowledge of jesus christ through salvation should liberate all christian with african traditional. The african american slaves adapted the christian religion to fit their needs they blended old cultural elements with new christian ideals in this aspect, christianity was a very good thing for the slaves to have come across. Despite that african traditional religion unifies, africa being a multi racial, multi ethnic, multi religious and multi culture and belief, it enriches other religions like christianity.
African traditional religion never refers to abrahamic religions such as christianity, islam or judaism, even when these are the traditional beliefs of a nation or tribe precolonial abrahamic religions with african roots, such as the coptic and ethiopian christian churches are also excluded. African traditional religion is a thriving scholarly business, but a serious disconnect exists between contributions that celebrate a generalized african traditional religion and those that describe particular religions and aspects of religion on the basis of ethnographic and archival research. The relationship of christianity to african traditional religion part two continued from part one (taken from my book, african traditional religion in biblical perspective) (liberals emphasize the continuity between atr and christianity.