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Engaging John Calvin with the New Wave of African Christianity: A Reformed Response to Christian Spirituality in Africa, by Epiemembong Louis Ebong

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • 3:30 PM–4:30 PM
  • H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies

Join us for a fascinating presentation from visiting scholar Rev. Dr. Epiemembong on the significance of Calvin's thought for African Christianity today.

His Abstract:
African Christianity could be said to be passing through a worship war. I understand that Christian worship has as principal goal the sanctifying work of God’s Spirit in the hearts of his people. But today we face a Christian gospel directed more towards human self-development, success, prosperity and the quest for the esoteric. It may not be wrong to say that we are presently faced with types of worship that are rooted in human imaginations and devices.

Given the present situation on the ground, in which we face extravagances of all sort, there is need to find some firm standing ground for our feet. All this calls for a clearer understanding of the true end of Christian spirituality. I think returning to the roots will provide such a firm standing ground, which will give stability to wavering minds and confidence to sinking hearts. It will also enable them to have a correct and true understanding of Christian faith. My research has therefore been focused, on how John Calvin as the fountain-head of the Reformed Tradition – to which the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon belongs – could speak to the situation in African Christianity.

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Meeter Center, 4th floor of Hekman Library

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