Dreams of Heaven

A Modern Response to Christianity in North-Western Igboland, 1970–1990

by Hilary C. Achunike



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/29/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781532018978
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781532018985

About the Book

Historical studies about Christianity in Igboland and elsewhere in Africa have largely concentrated on church activities—especially on the work of expatriate missionary priests and the different denominations of Christianity adopted by the people. But what about the people’s personal experience with their religion? How does an Igbo man or woman see the Christian church as relevant to his or life?

Dreams of Heaven: A Modern Response to Christianity in North-Western Igboland, 1970–1990 is the first serious contemporary study of how the Igbo people have responded to Christianity—and how they continue to respond to it today. It shows that the Igbo response to Christianity has changed with time and perspective, and that even with an avidity for churches and religion, the Igbo are largely disillusioned and even confused about the tenets and fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.

The truth about Christianity in Igboland is that there are many who are Christian in name but pagan in practice—largely due to the fracturing, splintering, and proliferation of churches and denominations, which has made knowing true Christianity difficult for many people. With a recognition of these facts, however, is born a hope for the Igbo to embrace Christian values and further their lives of faith.

About the Author

Hilary C. Achunike is a Catholic priest, and he formerly belonged to the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria, before joining the Diocese of Nnewi. He obtained his bachelor of divinity and his bachelor of philosophy degrees from Urban University in Rome, and he earned his master’s degree and PhD in church history from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he currently lectures. Achunike is also an author and has written numerous articles, and he enjoys reading, writing, walking, and travelling.