Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 57

Article in Press

Tales of faith among african diaspora in the united states

Olagoke Abolade Ezekiel

  •  Received: 28 June 2021
  •  Accepted: 29 November 2021
Philosophy involves not only the search for truth and wisdom but also the quest for meaning. African philosophers have engaged in this quest for decades with some labelled as professional philosophers, ethno-philosophers, national/political philosophers and sage philosophers. Philosophical tasks open our mind’s eyes to things that we did not know before, to new developments, perspectives, and meanings, otherwise philosophy becomes stale, old, and stultifying. Decades of resurgence and expansion of evangelical Christianity in many parts of Africa and in the diaspora should give us a pause as to the ways and manners in which they have formed, deformed, or transformed the mental, physical, and spiritual landscape in Africa and the diaspora. African philosophers and theologians addressed in this paper examine Christianity in its manifestations. The expression, “the words of our elders are words of wisdom” still holds sway in many parts of the continent. Through memories and works of key African philosophers, this paper examines not only the importance of truth, but also the way truth is accepted whether critically or uncritically. In a period where we are constantly bombarded by the gospel of wealth and prosperity amid profound poverty, the effects cannot be overstated. In an age where some African preachers’ claims as being the repositories of power, prophecy, revelations, and healers including COVID19, critical analysis and voices of reason should guide us instead. Where forms of irrationally emotional beliefs incongruent to faith seeking understanding seems to captivate the masses, African philosophers can be part of the critical discourse. Additionally, one can receive the truth in religion and can still be excluded from it if that truth is not critically examined. Part of the age-old dialog between Athens and Jerusalem can shed deeper light on the current state of faith. Examination of the discourse among African philosophers can be a guide to Africans at home and in the diaspora amid social, political, and religious rudderlessness.

Keywords: Tales, faith , diaspora