Professor John Samuel Mbiti is a Kenyan-born Christian religious philosopher and writer. He is an ordained Anglican priest and a canon. Mbiti studied in Uganda and the United States, before taking his doctorate in 1963 at the University of Cambridge, UK. He taught religion and theology in Makerere University, Uganda from 1964 to 1974 and was subsequently
director of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute in Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland. He has held visiting professorships at universities across the world and published extensively on philosophy, theology and African oral traditions.
Prof. Mbiti’s seminal book, African Religions and Philosophy (1969), was the first work to significantly challenge Christian assumptions that traditional African religious ideas were “demonic and anti-Christian.” His other works include *Concepts of God in Africa*, *Introduction to African Religion*, and *Bible and Theology in African Christianity* among many others. Mbiti is an Emeritus professor at the University of Bern and parish minister to the town of Burgdorf, Switzerland.