He was a retired Parish Minister in Burgdorf, in Switzerland. This conference had an attendance of more than 80 participants. Mbiti had little knowledge of African Traditional religion, as he was unaware of previous lectures regarding its foundations due to the deep oral traditions of such religions. , Born in Mulango, Kitui County, in British Kenya on 30 November 1931, Mbiti studied in Uganda and the United States before taking his doctorate in 1963 at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Prof. John Samuel Mbiti was Emeritus Professor of the Makere University of Kampala, Uganda and of the University of Bern, Switzerland. Received orally by authorities, this tradition was transmitted from generation to generation through the same oral process. The same paper was retyped, mimeographed and circulated to many institutions between 1969 and 1971. Their traditions revolve around a highly ontological phenomena, pushing their followers to question their existence and being. and had four children. His sympathetic treatment of traditional religions was based on massive field work. He was married to Verena Mbiti-Siegenthaler Philosophy (1969), continues to influence African philosophers today. His third conference focused on "Indigenous Theology and the Universal Church". Kenyan religious leaders, scholars, students and ordinary people have mourned Prof. John Samuel Mbiti, world-renowned Christian philosopher and writer who died on 6 October. Professor John Mbiti was born on November 30, 1931, and his thirst for education saw him study beyond Kenya. He said that the death of the scholar is a big blow to the nation. John Samuel Mbiti, “the father of contemporary African theology”, is a philosopher and as of 2005 an Emeritus professor at the University of Bern and a parish minister to the town of Burgdorf, Switzerland. , Mbiti's seminal book, African Religions and Philosophy (1969), was the first work to challenge Christian assumption that traditional African religious ideas were "demonic and anti-Christian". Kenya is mourning the death of celebrated scholar Prof John Mbiti who breathed his last today, Sunday 06 October 2019. One of Mbiti's most famous quotes in his book African Religions and Philosophy was: Canon Professor JOHN MBITI, an Anglican priest from Kenya, taught Theology and Religion for many years at Makerere University in Uganda. Mbiti challenged the view that traditional African religions were “primitive,” arguing that they deserve as much consideration and study as other faith systems. He also collaborated on a book of African proverbs, collected from across the continent. More… News & Interviews. Rev. He then earned his Doctor of Philosophy in theology at the University of Cambridge, from where he graduated in 1963. is a sick baby, It is so far the least practised. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be long remembered as … Mbiti, whose death occurred on Sunday, October 6 2019. Following his career at Makerere, he held visiting professorships at universities across the world where he continued publishing books on philosophy, theology and African oral traditions.. Mbiti was clear that his interpretation of these religions was from a firmly Christian perspective, and this aspect of his work was sometimes severely criticized.. This is captured in the widespread acknowledgment of his famous dictum “I am Born in Kenya, After that he served as Director of the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, of the World Council of Churches near Geneva, Switzerland. Born in Mulango, Kitui County, in British Kenya on 30 November 1931, Mbiti studied in Uganda and the United States before taking his doctorate in 1963 at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Elders were merely protecting their traditions. 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