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"He descended to the dead": towards a pastoral strategy for making peace with the living dead

King, Fergus J. (2012) "He descended to the dead": towards a pastoral strategy for making peace with the living dead. Soma: an International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses. pp. 2-19. ISSN 1821-813X

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    Abstract

    The fate of ancestors who died before the evangelisation of their peoples may be a concern for some peoples. This appears a real issue in some contemporary African contexts. There have been a number of responses to this issue suggested which include vicarious baptism, the Chinese Rites controversy, and the intellectual rejection of the worldviews which shape such belief. This paper argues the doctrine of the Descent into Hell may offer some answers to these questions that may be given a ritual or liturgical form. The methodology used to shape a Christianised set of initiation rites (jando) in the Anglican Diocese of Masasi (Tanzania) is helpful in developing accompanying rituals and practice that are culturally appropriate.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Ancestors, Living Dead, Vicarious Baptism, Descent into Hell, Jando
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): A - World Religions
    Association with University of Divinity: TRC: Trinity College
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 15:03
    Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 15:03
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2051

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