Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya

Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2009

Nahashon W. Ndung’u
Pages 87-104

Persistence of Features of Traditional Healing in the Churches in Africa: The Case of the Akurinu Churches in Kenya

One of the attractions of new converts from mainline churches to the African Instituted Churches (AICs) is faith healing. Healing understood in its wider sense as the restoration of the wholeness of life is not new to African communities, since they practiced it long before the coming of Christianity into their continent. This article examines some features of traditional healing which are manifested in faith healing in the AICs. The persistence of these features pauses a challenge to mainline churches in Africa, forcing them to rethink their approach to life threatening issues such as witchcraft and barrenness that continue to preoccupy many of their adherents.