By Prince Sorie Conteh
As is the case for many of sub-Saharan Africa, African conventional faith (ATR) is the indigenous faith of Sierra Leone. whilst the early forebears and later progenitors of Islam and Christianity arrived, they met Sierra Leone indigenes with a amazing wisdom of God and a established non secular approach. Successive Muslim clerics, investors, and missionaries have been respectful of and delicate to the tradition and faith of the indigenes who accommodated them and provided them hospitality. This technique led to a syncretistic model of Islam. against this, so much Christian missionaries followed an unique and insensitive method of African tradition and religiosity. Christianity, specially Protestantism, demanded a whole abandonment of African tradition and faith, and a complete commitment to Christianity. this perspective is sustained through a few indigenous clerics and spiritual leaders to such an quantity that Sierra Leone Indigenous faith (SLIR) and its practitioners remain marginalised in Sierra Leone's interreligious discussion and cooperation. even though the indigenes of Sierra Leone have been and stay hospitable to Islam and Christianity, and even though SLIR stocks affinity with Islam and Christianity in lots of theological and useful concerns, or even even though there are numerous Muslims and Christians who nonetheless carry directly to conventional spirituality and tradition, Muslim and Christian leaders of those immigrant religions are reluctant to incorporate Traditionalists in interfaith concerns within the nation. The formation and structure of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL), which has neighborhood and foreign popularity, didn't contain ATR. those issues, then, beg the next questions: • Why have Muslim and Christian leaders lengthy marginalized ATR, its practices, and practitioners from interfaith discussion and cooperation in Sierra Leone? • what's missing in ATR that maintains to avoid practitioners of Christianity and Islam from formally concerning Traditionalists within the socioreligious improvement of the rustic? This publication investigates the explanations for the exclusion of ATR from interreligious dialogue/cooperation and ATR's relevance and position within the socioreligious panorama of Sierra Leone and the remainder of the realm. It additionally discusses attainable methods for ATR's inclusion within the ongoing interfaith discussion and cooperation within the nation; this is often very important simply because humans residing facet by means of facet meet and have interaction individually and communally usually. As such, they percentage universal assets; communal merits; and the fun, crises, and sorrows of lifestyles. The social and cultural interplay and cooperation concerned with this discussion of lifestyles are what compel humans to totally comprehend the worldviews in their neighbours and to search out higher relationships with them. lots of the extant books and classes approximately interreligious encounters and discussion deal essentially with the interplay among or extra of the main global religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. This e-book fills a spot within the examine of interreligious discussion in Africa through taking into account where and relevance of ATR in interreligious discussion and cooperation in Sierra Leone. It offers the reader with easy wisdom of ATR, Islam, and Christianity of their Sierra Leonean contexts, and of interfaith encounters and discussion one of the 3 significant religion traditions in Africa. As such, it offers for the 1st time a historic, chronological, and comparative examine of interreligious encounters and discussion between Traditionalists, Muslims, and Christians in Sierra Leone. Traditionalists, Muslims, and Christians in Africa is a vital reference for students, researchers, spiritual leaders, missionaries, and all who're drawn to interfaith cooperation and discussion, particularly between all 3 of Africa's significant residing religions-ATR, Islam, and Christianity.