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Muslim Christian Encounter in Ghana

  • Muslim-Christian Encounter
  • Abbr : MCE
  • 2019, 12(2), pp.193-234
  • DOI : 10.30532/mce.2019.12.2.193
  • Publisher : Torch Trinity Center for Islamic Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology > Mission Theology
  • Received : September 16, 2019
  • Accepted : September 27, 2019
  • Published : September 30, 2019

KOMLA, NUEKPE DIEUDONNE 1

1Torch Trinity Graduate University

ABSTRACT

Christian-Muslim encounter is part of the mission of the Kingdom of God which has a goal of redeeming all humanity. Christians and Muslims have been historically engaged in competitive truth claim characterized by violence. In Ghana, Christians engage Muslims in a peaceful way by means of integrative community, education and political life style. However, in terms of evangelism, there is always a battle centered on power struggle and soul winning. Evangelism among Muslims in Ghana is focused on provision of social services and theological dialogue. The truth claim of Islam is so rational and appealing to the natural mind that it is difficult to win them on the basis of theology. Moreover, the animistic practices of Folk Islam in Ghana, identical to African traditional religion makes conversion of Muslims into Christianity a difficult task. Ghana being power oriented society, social services and theological debate are not enough to convert Muslims. An effective missiological approach to evangelizing Muslims is power encounter through the work of the Holy Spirit in Missions thus the focal point of this paper.

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