African Spirituality: An Introduction
An African is Deeply Spiritual
The topic African Spirituality comes as an unexpected suprise to many because for a long time we have thought that spirituality is the prerogative of Christianity,or if anything,it has nothing to do with African traditional practice.This is a bias whose origin stamps back to the time of the early missionaries to the continent.The missionaries who brought us faith made us believe that spirituality has to do with sanctity which is attainable only in Christianity.
African traditional practices were looked down upon.In fact at a certain stage it was even leveled satanic by the missionaries.This attitude made it difficult,not only for the missionaries to enter into useful dialogue with the African traditions, but also for the African converts to have positive views of those values which,until the time of their conversion,they had cherished so much.Spirituality can refer to an ultimate or immaterial reality;an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of their being; or the deepest values and meanings by which people live.This is true to African Spirituality.The book is easy, clear, precise and to the point.It can be used by clergy and religious during and after formation.
Kasomo Daniel PhD: Studied Religious Studies in the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
A Roman Catholic Bishop and the Leader of the Society of St Peter and Paul in Kenya.
A Senior Lecturer in Maseno University in Kenya.
Former Dean of Students and Counselor in Egerton University and Head of Department of Religious Studies Catholic University.