Essentials of African Traditional Religions

By studying African traditional religions, you develop a deeper understanding of their beliefs, practices, and impact on African societies, while exploring their connections with Christianity and contemporary challenges.
Number of lessons: 4

About This Class

In this course, you will gain an understanding of the essentials of African traditional religions, their key beliefs and practices, and their role in shaping African societies. You will explore the beliefs in a Supreme Being, ancestors, and spirits, as well as the rituals and ceremonies that form an integral part of these religions. Additionally, you will learn about the ethical values and social structures that emerge from African traditional religions and how they intersect with Christianity. Finally, you will examine the preservation and future of African traditional religions in the face of modern challenges and opportunities.


About the Professor

Timothy Tennent

Dr. Timothy C. Tennent is the President of Asbury Theological Seminary and a Professor of World Christianity. With extensive experience in academia, he previously taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Toccoa Falls College. An adjunct professor in India and an ordained United Methodist pastor, Dr. Tennent's global engagements include China, Thailand, Nigeria, and Eastern Europe. He has authored several books on Christianity, theological education, and missiology, further solidifying his expertise in the field.
Timothy Tennent


  • This lesson covers the essentials of African Traditional Religions, including their definition, characteristics, historical context, and current state.
  • In this lesson, you will learn about African Traditional Religions (ATR), including its definition, historical context, distinct features, practices, and role in promoting social justice.
  • This lesson will give you insight into the role of ancestors in Yoruba cosmology, including the significance of ancestor worship and the role of ancestral altars.
  • This lesson provides an overview of the interaction between Christianity and African Traditional Religions (ATR) in Africa, including its historical background, current state, and implications for the Christian mission in Africa.

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