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God As The 'Great Muntu' Manifested

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This chapter takes as its point of departure the statements of the first African bishop, Bishop Ajayi Crowther; the observations of W. Robertson Smith; and the conclusion of Edwin W. Smith. In a sense, what Bishop Crowther and Robertson Smith are concerned with is what the Ghanaian theologian, Kwame Bediako, has described as the Christianization of the African past. Bediako argues that the Christianization of the African past has served a valuable purpose of providing Africans with cultural continuity." From the African metaphysics of Ntu, the fatherhood of God in the context of the Trinity has several implications. First, it means that we are to continue to view God as the 'Great Muntu', First Creator and First Begetter in one." The Great Muntu, according to the Christian faith, is not a monad. He has existed with the Son and the Holy Spirit from eternity.

Keywords: African metaphysics; African theology; Bishop Ajayi Crowther; Christian faith; Christianization; Edwin W. Smith; Great Muntu; Holy Spirit; Kwame Bediako; W. Robertson Smith



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