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    The Quest for African Theology: From Theology as a mere Intellectual Enterprise to Theology as Lived Experience
    (Tangaza University College, 2013-03) Mwania, Patrick
    Since the mid-20th century, African theologians have been working to develop what can truly be calledAfrican Theology, a theology that is contextual and founded on the African cultural worldview. A major challenge that affects this enterprise towards an articulation of an authentic African theology is the fact that although a lot has been done already to develop this theology that speaks to and addresses contextual African situations, most of all these efforts has remained at the intellectual level among the theologians and hence has not been translated into the everyday lives of the African Christians. African Theology seems to be merely a classroom theology, a theology that is limited to the walls of academic institutions, an engagement popular only among a small group of intellectuals whom Orobator would call professional Christians. It is only when African Theology leaves the shelves of academic libraries to enter the homes and hearts of the majority of African Christians today that it can be said to truly impact on the lives of African Christians. The task that lies behind this article is, therefore, an attempt to articulate some reflections on how African theology can leave the classroom as its place of confinement and become expressed in the daily lives of the African Christians.
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    Religion and Spirituality in Healing and Psychotherapy An African Perspective
    (Tangaza University College, 2016-07) Mwania, Patrick
    In the African traditional worldview, everything that happened was seen in the light of vital force, the principle of life, either in the physical existence or in the spiritual form of it. Life is an institution that was so important in the Africa and anything that did not support life, anything that was opposed to the principle of life was therefore dreaded, unwished and indeed punishable. Whatever was against the principle of life was considered evil against which serious measures were taken to fight it. Obviously in the Kamba traditional society illness, sickness and any form of misfortune – indeed anything that appeared to threaten human life and human existence was considered evil to be eliminated. Anything that violated the principle of peace and harmony in the community was considered evil; everything that promotes harmony, community peace, the well being and the life-force of the community was considered as something good and a social value for that matter. This study is an attempt to understand the concept of illness and sickness according to the African traditional world view of the Kamba community in Kenya as a case study.