RELIGIOUS SYNCRETISM IN OUR RURAL CHURCH COMMUNITIES: PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES

Paschal-Paul Okeke

Abstract


There are often absorbing risks and fears when exploring the concept of
religious syncretism. Nevertheless, the proposal in this paper is to briefly highlight
that the notion of syncretism is a problematic reality immanent in the crossroads
of any religion; secondly, that syncretism has both negative and positive
implications; thirdly I wish to suggest a few pastoral strategies and insights to
reduce tensions and frictions between Christianity and cultural practices in our
different rural communities in the name of ‘religious syncretism’.

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