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dc.contributor.authorObaje, Yusufu Amehen
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T12:46:30Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T12:46:30Z
dc.date.issued1983
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/30597
dc.description.abstracten
dc.description.abstractThis thesis suggests as well as expands the idea that the Church is a theocentric Community - a Community of re-created persons whose lives are to be centered on the only Living God, who as God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit brought the Community into existence. This way of looking at the nature of the Church differs from the over-Christocentric approach which tends to identify the Church exclusively with one member of the Godhead. At the same time, to regard the Church in an African context as a theocentric Community is an attempt to develop a specifically African Christian under¬ standing of the Church in the hope that the type of ecclesiology to emerge from the study will be relevant and intelligible to an African convert.en
dc.description.abstractIt is the contention of this thesis that an enquiry into the nature of the Church will have to take into consideration the doctrines of God and man. If such a doctrine of the Church is to be understood by a given people and is to be responsive to their needs, then their traditional notions of God and man should not be ignored, no matter how distorted these may be.en
dc.description.abstractThe above position dictates the approach which is taken in the develop¬ ment of this thesis. The first chapter, which is the General Introduction to the Study, deals with some of the factors which are behind the presentday interest in ecclesiology. This chapter also treats briefly the nature of African Christian theology. This background material shows the need for an African Christian ecclesiology.en
dc.description.abstractThe second chapter of the thesis shows certain aspects of traditional African (with special reference to traditional Nigerian) ideas of God and man which are considered helpful in developing a theocentric model of the Church.en
dc.description.abstractThe third chapter is devoted to the development of the idea that the Church is a theocentric Community, and this is preceded by a brief discus¬ sion of the Biblical basis of the theocentric model which underlines the fact that the model is first and foremost rooted in the Biblical doctrines of God and man.en
dc.description.abstractThe fourth chapter is the summary and the conclusion of the study.en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis maintains that the theocentric model of the Church rules out any exclusive identification of the Church with one member of the Godhead, because the model identifies the Church with the only God who exists, the one who has revealed himself as God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The creation, the sustenance, and the consummation of the Church is always an act of one God who is the Triune God. Correspondingly, the Church is called to live its God-given life to the glory of the same God who alone is the Living God. The theocentric model assists the African convert to feel at home spiritually in the Church because the model identifies the origin of the Church with the same God whom the African knows in his traditional religions as the Supreme God who made the heavens and the earth, the ultimate sustainer of all that he has created.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2018 Block 19en
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dc.titleThe Church as a theocentric community: with special reference to certain aspects of traditional African ideas of God and manen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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