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Must God Remain Greek?: Afro Cultures and God-Talk

Must God Remain Greek?

Afro Cultures and God-Talk

Robert E. Hood (Author)


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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800624491
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 273
  • Publication Date November 1, 1990


"Robert Hood's volume should be read precisely because it lies outside the range of Euro-American cognizance. It unbinds God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit from Greco-Roman intellectual hegemony, thereby making the case for a new transcultural theology, deeply penetrated by the profoundly human and pragmatic spirituality of Africa and the Caribbean."
— Gayraud S. Wilmore

"This elegant theological exposé of the Eurocentric colonization of — and by — white theology becomes a richly textured prolegomenon for a mult-cultural reconstruction of Christianity, including an inspiring critique of the doctrine of the Spirit from the vantage point of the spirits."
— Catherine Keller

"Must God Remain Greek? brings together, in a fascinating and readable way, the cultural and religious thought and activities of African peoples, Caribbeans, and Afro-Americans to bear upon Christian theology. As a scholar Dr. Hood is at home in the three regions, as well as in the Western Christian tradition. He raises fundamental questions for theology, which have tremendous consequences in the present day of Christian expansion and ecumenical movement.... It is refreshing to see an old problem recast in cultural areas where Christianity is throbbing and thriving."
— John S. Mbiti

Table of Contents



  1. African Indigenous Churches
    The Church of the Lord (Aladura)
    The Cherubim and Seraphim Church
    The Church of Jesus Christ on Earth (Zaire)
    Zionist Churches in South Africa
    Church of Christ in Africa (Kenya)
    Ingigenous Elements of Worship

  2. Caribbean Indigenous Religions and Churches
    Haitian Voodoo
    Cuban Santeria
    Trinidadian Shango
    Jamaican Churches and Traditional Religions
    º Native Baptists
    º Myalism
    º Kumina
    º Jamaican Revivalism

  3. Liberation Theologies in Afro Cultures
    South Africa's Apartheid Culture
    South African Liberation Theology
    Caribbean Liberation Theology (Rastafarianism)


  4. Christian Theology and Afro Cultures
    Culture and the Grammer of Faith
    Salvation, Sin, and Death in Afro Cultures

  5. God: Traditional Motifs
    God in African Traditional Religion
    Attributes of God
    º Divine Ubiquity
    º Divine Creator
    º Divine Pastoral Care

    The Religious Worldview of Africans

  6. Christ: A Son Out of Egypt
    Boundaries of Christology
    Christ as the Anointment One
    Christ as Lord of the Heavens
    Christ as Healer
    The Liberator and the Liberated

  7. Spirit and Spirits: Pneumatology and Afro Cultures
    The Biblical Tradition
    The Dogmatic Tradition
    The African Tradition
    Evil Spirits and Lordship in Afro Cultures
    The Spirit and Black American Religion
    Spirits in Black Culture

  8. Ancestors and Saints
    Hagiolatry and the Ancestors
    º Ancestorship in the Caribbean
    º Ancestors and Black American Religion
    Hagiography: Christian Saints and the Ancestors

    Selected Bibliography