Prophets, Profits and the Bible in Zimbabwe: Festschrift for Aynos Masotcha Moyo

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Ezra Chitando, Masiiwa Ragies Gunda, Joachim Kügler
University of Bamberg Press, Apr 17, 2014 - Bible - 344 pages
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This book lacks depth, scholarship and objectivity. Consider the chapter titled The Prophetic Figure in Zimbabwe Religion based on Prophet Emmauel Makandiwa. From the start the chapter adopts a comparative framework that compares Makandiwa to a traditional nánga without giving initial justification for that comparison in the first place. Such a comparison creates a self-fulling study which concludes what it has already assumed to be true. A second flaw in the authors assessment is that they assume that similarities between two forms implies a relationship; i.e i) a nánga has a spiritual father, ii) Prophet Makandiwa has a spiritual father iii) Conclusion Prophet Makandiwa is a nánga. How absurd. If a cow has a father and a human being has a father does it mean that a human being is a cow? The reasoning of the authors is illogical. In summary: a flawed book. 

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A biased, unscriptural and Eurocentric analysis of Zimbabwean Christianity. Instead of creating a framework of analysis based on the bible the authors have fallen into the same mold of European workers who view anything African as fetish and unorthodox. Most of the information in this book a vitriole hatred for anything African and Pentecostal, thinly disguised as objective theological work. 

Contents

EZRA CHITANDO MASIIWA RAGIES GUNDAJOACHIM KÜGLER
9
MASIIWA RAGIES GUNDA FRANCIS MACHINGURA
15
OBVIOUS VENGEYI
29
DAVID BISHAU
55
KUDZAI BIRI LOVEMORE TOGARASEI
79
EZRA CHITANDO
95
TARISAYI A CHIMUKA
113
FAINOS MANGENA SAMSON M HIZHA
133
EZRA CHITANDO MOLLY MANYONGANISE OBERT BERNARD MLAMBO
153
TAPIWA PRAISE MAPURANGA
171
CLIVE TENDAI ZIMUNYA JOYLINE GWARA
187
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