The ERATS September 2019 Issue Volume 1 Number 3 consists of eleven articles from varied disciplines in Religious and Theological Studies.
Kumi-Amoah analyses the engagement or collaboration between some Pentecostals and the Fellowship of Christian Chiefs and Queens (FCCQ) in Techiman in the Bono East Region of Ghana in West Africa. He argues that the Pentecostals are in the engagement as ‘spiritual leaders’ who have been motivated by functional, theological and philosophical factors to respond to invitation from the FCCQ for the transformation of chieftaincy in relation to the Christian faith and practices. Korsah and Oku discusses the royal priesthood of all believers from the Old and New Testaments perspectives, using the Catholic priesthood as a paradigm. Their findings are that whereas the Catholic priesthood has the Old Testament as its basis. In the New Testament however, the term “priest” refers to the entire Christian community.
Alu argues that the English translation of Genesis 6:6-7 that, “…God repented” has nothing to do with His regret, grief or being sorry; thus, God cannot repent. From his exegesis of the text he finds out that, God is enforcing a system of checks and balances as part of the equilibrium that He is maintaining in the world. Boamah uses the historical and observational approaches and evaluates the way churches today deal with suffering. His findings are that whilst the Historical Mainline Churches are less interested in the prosperity gospel and therefore focus their sermons more on the reality of suffering and the second coming; the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches cling more towards the prosperity theology while minimizing emphasis on Christian suffering. Asibu-Dadzie Jnr., argues that in the contemporary era where instability in marriages is in the increase, the union of Aquila and Priscilla is a model for couples, because there are lessons to be learnt from this godly marriage. The author demonstrates that a Spirit-filled couple will have a godly marriage that will result in a powerful ministry for the Lord.
Agboada raises questions about the biblical, theological and religious bases of some practices by some churches, especially, during prayer meetings; and gives implications for Christianity in Africa in the present and future. Torsu examines three Hebrew words used for creation in the Old Testament. He concludes that even though God is the creator of the universe, He has given humanity the power and authority to create out of what has been created. Human creativity is what is referred to as innovation. Gwizo evaluates some Old Testament methodologies, establishing their merits and demerits. He opines that, a scholar’s choice of a methodology should be guided by the orthodoxy to the biblical text. Boaheng examines the old age theological debate of how human beings as fallen creatures can be fully accountable to God for their decisions whilst God remains fully sovereign in their lives.Adjei, Oduro-Kwarteng and Frimpong investigate the prophetic ministration of two popular Neo-prophetic prophets in Accra and Kumasi, and highlights their rhetorical strategies deployed to hoodwink their audience into submission. The findings help deepen the understanding of the ways most commercial prophets use language persuasively in their sermonic discourse to win the attention of their listeners.Asamoah, Sankah and Kessie, using ecocriticism as a literary theory, examines the relationship between human beings and the natural environment. They found out that some Akan proverbs constitute a set of reminders about the processes needed to sustain and stimulate a peaceful environment.
You are encouraged to read the articles and cite in your researches to advance knowledge in religious and theological studies in Africa.
Rev. Prof. Jonathan Edward Tetteh Kuwornu-Adjaottor (PhD)