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Emerging Religious Trends in Kenyan School Communities and Innovative Contextualization


Simon Nderitu Wambugu [1], Joyce Wanjiku Nderitu [2]

 [1] Lecturer in Religious Studies, Mount Kenya University; [2]  Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Pan Africa Christian University


Abstract

African contexts are characterized by a number of outstanding religious trends, one of which is the emergence of new religions. A study was carried out on innovative contextualization of Christianity by African Christian teachers in forty secondary school communities in Nyandarua County, Kenya. Notably, emerging religious trends, ways in which they influenced doctrine, faith and practices of Christian teachers, strengths or weaknesses introduced by emerging doctrinal teachings, faiths or practices on capacity to contextualize personal faith within school communities were investigated. Challenges faced by believers in their effort to contextualize their particularistic doctrines, faiths and practices in holistic lifestyles within school communities and viable strategies to minimize the challenges in order to contextualize particularistic doctrines, faiths and practices were identified. One of the outstanding finding was that teachers’ efficiency in contextualization process varied with gender, school, teaching subject, and relationship with God and opportunities available. The strongest recommendation is that more viable contextualization programmes be developed using the guidelines in the curriculum of Christian religious education and the Bible.

Keywords: religious trends, religious commitment, dimensions of religiosity, contextualization.



Citation: Wambugu, S. N., & Nderitu, J. W. (2014). Emerging Religious Trends in Kenyan School Communities and Innovative Contextualization. Open Science Repository Religion and Theology, Online(open-access), e45011818. doi:10.7392/openaccess.45011818

Received: July 20, 2014

Published: July 21, 2014

Copyright: © 2014 Wambugu, S. N., & Nderitu, J. W. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Wambugu, S. N., & Nderitu, J. W. (2014). Emerging Religious Trends in Kenyan School Communities and Innovative Contextualization. Open Science Repository Religion and Theology, Online(open-access), e45011818. doi:10.7392/openaccess.45011818

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Wambugu, Simon Nderitu, and Joyce Wanjiku Nderitu. “Emerging Religious Trends in Kenyan School Communities and Innovative Contextualization.” Open Science Repository Religion and Theology Online, no. open-access (July 21, 2014): e45011818. doi:10.7392/openaccess.45011818.

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Wambugu, S.N. & Nderitu, J.W., 2014. Emerging Religious Trends in Kenyan School Communities and Innovative Contextualization. Open Science Repository Religion and Theology, Online(open-access), p.e45011818.

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1. S. N. Wambugu, J. W. Nderitu, Emerging Religious Trends in Kenyan School Communities and Innovative Contextualization, Open Sci. Repos. Relig. Theol. Online, e45011818 (2014).

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1. Wambugu, S. N. & Nderitu, J. W. Emerging Religious Trends in Kenyan School Communities and Innovative Contextualization. Open Sci. Repos. Relig. Theol. Online, e45011818 (2014).


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