African Philosophy of Religion and Western Monotheism

Cambridge University Press. Edited by Motsamai Molefe & Thaddeus Metz (2024)
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The Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are typically recognized as the world’s major monotheistic religions. However, African Traditional Religion is, despite often including lesser spirits and gods, a monotheistic religion with numerous adherents in sub-Saharan Africa; it includes the idea of a single most powerful God responsible for the creation and sustenance of everything else. This Element focuses on drawing attention to this major world religion that has been much neglected by scholars around the globe, particularly those working in the West or Northern Hemisphere. It accomplishes this primarily by bringing it into conversation with topics in the Anglo-American philosophy of religion.

Author Profiles

Thaddeus Metz
Cornell University (PhD)
Kirk Lougheed
University of Pretoria
Motsamai Molefe
University of Witwatersrand


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