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Chieftaincy and Christianity: A Religio-Cultural Dilemma Facing Ghanaian Christianity


George Sundagar Moses Wee

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)


Abstract

Chieftaincy is an integral part of the African society especially in the Ghanaian society for that matter. However, with the presence of Christianity and other religions in Ghana, the institution has come under criticism. The questions the study sought to address were: Should the church permit a Christian to become a traditional chief? Is it possible for a Christian to be a traditional chief and still be fully committed to the God of the Christian faith? In order to do this, the paper reviewed related literature on chieftaincy in Ghana, and conducted interviews. Four views in relation to the subject were identified and assessed, and the paper found that it is practically impossible for a Christian to become a traditional chief and still be committed to the Christian doctrine and faith because of the traditional religious customs, values and practices that are interwoven with the institution. Most of these religious customs, values and practices are incompatible to the Christian faith and practice. Therefore, Christians should refrain from vowing and/or accepting chieftaincy positions in Ghana.

Keywords: chieftaincy, Christianity, Ghana, religion and culture.



Citation: Wee, G. S. M. (2014). Chieftaincy and Christianity: A Religio-Cultural Dilemma Facing Ghanaian Christianity. Open Science Repository Religion and Theology, Online(open-access), e45011814. doi:10.7392/openaccess.45011814

Received: May 30, 2014

Published: June 17, 2014

Copyright: © 2014 Wee, G. S. M. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Wee, G. S. M. (2014). Chieftaincy and Christianity: A Religio-Cultural Dilemma Facing Ghanaian Christianity. Open Science Repository Religion and Theology, Online(open-access), e45011814. doi:10.7392/openaccess.45011814

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Wee, George Sundagar Moses. “Chieftaincy and Christianity: A Religio-Cultural Dilemma Facing Ghanaian Christianity.” Open Science Repository Religion and Theology Online.open-access (2014): e45011814.

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Wee, George Sundagar Moses. “Chieftaincy and Christianity: A Religio-Cultural Dilemma Facing Ghanaian Christianity.” Open Science Repository Religion and Theology Online, no. open-access (June 17, 2014): e45011814. doi:10.7392/openaccess.45011814.

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Wee, G.S.M., 2014. Chieftaincy and Christianity: A Religio-Cultural Dilemma Facing Ghanaian Christianity. Open Science Repository Religion and Theology, Online(open-access), p.e45011814.

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1. G. S. M. Wee, Chieftaincy and Christianity: A Religio-Cultural Dilemma Facing Ghanaian Christianity, Open Sci. Repos. Relig. Theol. Online, e45011814 (2014).

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1. Wee, G. S. M. Chieftaincy and Christianity: A Religio-Cultural Dilemma Facing Ghanaian Christianity. Open Sci. Repos. Relig. Theol. Online, e45011814 (2014).


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