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Prof. Jesse Mugambi, a lecturer from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Prof. Jesse Mugambi, a lecturer from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies has written a book titled “Religion and Social Reconstruction in Africa.”

The book was launched at the University of Nairobi on July 18, 2018 in an event presided over by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs (ag), Prof. Julius Ogeng’o, who was representing the Vice-Chancellor.
 
While congratulating Prof. Mugambi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor described him as a scholar of impact and influence.
 
“This is demonstration of true academia,” he said. “Prof. Mugambi is well published with several books titles to his credit and many book chapters. He is one of the most highly cited scholars from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.”
 
The book explores the role and impact of religion in the society. Religion has played a major role in both the division and unification of peoples and countries within Africa. Its capacity to cause and to heal, societal rifts has been well documented. The book addresses this powerful societal force and explores the implications of a theology of reconstruction. This way of thinking seeks to build on liberation theology, aiming to encourage the rebuilding of African society on its own terms.
 
The author, took the opportunity to thank everyone who made the publishing of the book a success. The book has more than two volumes with contributions from 40 professors from 40 universities, implying that a knowledgebase from 40 countries is well represented.
 
During the questions and answer session, Prof. Mugambi urged Kenyans to take their religiosity seriously.
 
“No form of democracy will work for us if we do not appreciate our own values,” he said.
To the academic community, Prof. Mugambi called on them to be authors and readers.
 
“Let us be authors and readers at the same time. Let us publish more and more. We need quality manuscripts to be able to publish quality works,” he said.
 
In attendance was Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Elias Bongmba, from Rice University and staff and students from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.