Original Research - Special Collection: Religion in dialogue

Exploring the possibility for African traditional religion to be included in a reimagined scriptural reasoning model

Maniraj Sukdaven
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a5224 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5224 | © 2018 Maniraj Sukdaven | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2018 | Published: 22 November 2018

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Maniraj Sukdaven, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


In and among the many models developed for engaging in inter-religious dialogue was a model that became known as scriptural reasoning (SR). SR basically serves the purpose of being hospitable towards the Abrahamic religions. The current approach of SR, by virtue of its focus only on scripture as the basis of engagement, obviously excludes other faith traditions that possess no sacred scripture. One such religion is African traditional religion (ATR). As a result of this exclusion, this article intends to engage SR to consider reinterpreting imaginatively, or to use a synonym, to reconceptualise, its basis of only scripture as the primary source of engagement and as such to expand its basis to include religions with an oral-orientated tradition. This article explores such a possibility for the inclusion of ATR, as an oral tradition, to be considered as an equal partner in a reimagined SR or as a parallel model with similar guidelines and outcomes as found in SR.


Scriptural Reasoning; African Traditional Religion; Material Religion; Interreligious Dialogue


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