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Summary

The religious ideas and practices of African peoples have much in common with each other, and with related religions in the Caribbean and the Americas. African Islam and African Christianity have developed separately since their earliest time in Ethiopia, Egypt, and the Sudan.

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.

©1994 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products (P)1994 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products

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  • Misty Knight
  • 04-12-18

Very cursory overview of religions in Africa.

This book read like either a short youtube video on Africa, or a Wikipedia article regarding Africa from a Western perspective.

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  • HeGaveMeDyslexia
  • 11-01-21

racist viewpoint. waste of time

want to hear a white supremacists view of african religion? this is it. it's basically about christianity.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-09-20

Awesome Book

this type of book makes me feel like I can enjoy a random book! It starts off basic as a book should, give definitions and basic ideas before it starts to shed light on a surprising amount of traditions that are also very powerful. I particularly love the last paragraph describing that (paraphrasing) immorality and state sanctioned racism (explicitly) is what is and will continue to cause all people to question their ideas about themselves and what they believe. And eventually look for escapes, power or a completely new life elsewhere.

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  • ghaziyah hunafa
  • 14-07-21

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the recording was fine. the information that was given are ok. one thing that did seem off is the fact that the African spiritual religions and the religions that stemmed from them where constantly referred to as a "cult" which gives it a sense of being a illegitimate religion, and also a sense of disrespect for someone's religious beliefs. it is one of the oldest religions in the world, it is just not one of the most widely practiced religions.

though it does make me wonder, do they refer to Christianity, Islam Judaism, Buddhism as a "cult " in recordings/writings about them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-21

The tip of the iceberg

This book only touched on the African traditional religion. I was looking for more information on what voodoo is. I would recommend this book to someone who is not familiar with the African traditional religion but not some who is advanced.

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  • ministermtc
  • 29-06-21

informative but lacking

This book was written from a primarily a euro centric theological construct, So it is highly influenced in its deportment and discussion of African and African American religious function, ethos and mythos. It takes some deeper analysis in order to harvest the required information Is and to provide a deeper relevance.

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  • Nikki
  • 01-09-21

incorrect information

so the arthur of the book titled it African and African American Religions then started the book off with stories from the bible. African spirituality existed hundreds of thousands of years way before Christianity arrived on the scene. As matter of fact, the characters in the bible were BASED ON African Spirituality.
I thought the book wouldve been about that, the Truth.

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  • S. D. Singleton
  • 26-08-21

obvious Eurocentric examination

Brief overview of review of African religion from a euro centric point of view. It completely graded on my nerves that African religion and theology was referred to as a cult or a myth. As if Christian Stories in The Bible cannot be relegated to the realm of myth as well. I cannot speak on Islam as I have not studied studied that religion know what even pretend to be knowledgeable. That being said It minimizes the significance of African religion. I was hoping for a more in depth a more independent, Afro centric evaluation discussion and education. Something as expansive av's African religion and theology should be should be discussed by a person of African descent who has a more personal end depth and historical knowledge of such considering how vast and varied African spiritual theology is.

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  • Tobias Bartee
  • 30-04-21

Very Informative

Great book, just wish it was told by Africans and African Americans. Great audiobook great!!!

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  • Kyle Lewis
  • 04-02-21

Eh

This was a interesting listen on African Religion, but they really only hit surface level topics and jumped from African group to African group. Some information was interesting and useful tho.