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A radically new—semiotic—reading of spirituality, technology, and religion.
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African Traditional Religion versus Christianity

Some Semiotic Observations

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Often seen as an 'obstacle to the Gospel' by white Christianity in conventional missionary efforts, African Traditional Religion rarely gets a fair treatment in its own right. African Traditional Religion versus Christianity forges a new path.

Breaking away from the centuries-long theological tradition, Dmitry Usenco offers a radically new—semiotic—reading of spirituality, proceeding on his original theory of the initial cultural unity that embraces language, technology, and religion.

African Traditional Religion comes into focus as a valid alternative and—in the long run—an equal partner to Christianity in the creation of a modern pluralistic society.

While the author’s concepts and conclusions may seem controversial to some, none of the readers can discard them as irrelevant. Africa’s future will in many respects depend on her ability to preserve her cultural heritage in which religion plays a crucial part.

Want to reappraise the value of African Traditional Religion in challenging — perhaps uncomfortable — but potentially liberating ways? Request African Traditional Religion versus Christianity for review today!

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Praise for African Traditional Religion versus Christianity

“I recommend this book both as an incidental introduction to semiotics and for outlining common underlying ‘processes’ found in different religions. Wide-ranging scholarship is applied to fascinating subject matter so relevant to contemporary globalized cultural contrasts. The seriousness of the book is offset by the writer’s entertaining style. It should enhance understanding of the shared heritage of religions relevant to conflict situations arising from rapid social change.”
Richard F. Turner, graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge

“If an author like Dmitry Usenco, writing on the topic of African Traditional Religion versus Christianity, is able to pleasantly surprise a trained theologian and missionary with forty years of experience in Africa (Ghana) like myself with new perspectives and insights, then I feel justified to endorse this book to a larger audience. No religious presentation should underestimate, let alone disrespect, the cultural heritage of the people it wishes to understand. Traditional theology has not always scored high in the appreciation of this basic insight in respect of Africa. Refreshing to find new perspectives to look at African realities.”
Joop Visser, SMA, Ghana

About the Author

Born in Moldova (then part of the USSR) Dmitry Usenco graduated from the local state university in 1991 with a masters in English. He continued his studies at the Institute of World Literature, Moscow, where he earned his doctoral degree in 1998 with a dissertation on Robert Browning. After a six-year academic career at a private university in Moldova, he moved to the United Kingdom where he has since then worked as a translator, interpreter, and now also writer. This is his first full-size book he commends to the attention of his readers. It is based on his experiences in West Africa acquired during his visits to Ghana and Togo in 2016, 2017, and 2019. As regards the theoretical background, his first book can be viewed as an attempt to voice his life-long interest in religion through the medium of his philological schooling.

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