Rev. Father Basile Sede’s Book Launch
Rev. Father Sede Basile (Ph.D.) launched his new book called Hegel’s Philosophy of History; A Challenge to the African Thinker, Compliment to Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Comparing Cultures and Religions in a Postmodern World, John Ki Zebro Versus Jacques Maritain.
The launching of the book took place on 3 September 2021 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral in Akwa, Douala-Cameroon.
The event started with an opening prayer made by My Lord Emmanuel Bushu, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Buea, followed by a presentation of the background of the newly released books by Rev. Father Sede Basile.
The books highlight the idea that every history is an embodiment of culture, tradition, and religion. Globalization is bringing lots of challenges to the world today because, though people have different origins with different cultures and religions, they are bound to live together. Accordingly, some knowledge of the major world cultures and religions is truly relevant for peaceful co-existence. These publications hence come at a good time in the journey of Africa’s history, especially its philosophy.
Rev. Fr. Basile explains that Postmodern thinking rejects culture and history, including biblical history. It goes along with whatever the people generally agree upon, and verges on relativism. He strongly recommends Christian humanism as a way forward for humankind, while at the same time, drawing attention to the African culture that is authentically humanistic but somehow ignored because very little is said about it.
The event that happened earlier this September was marked by several presentations, including some insights from Hegel’s Philosophy by Barrister Agbor Balla; Negritude as a response to Eurocentrism; The Aesthetics of postmodern thinking in Basile Sede’s CCR (Comparing Cultures and Religions) by Father Michel and the perspective on European and African Cultural Differences by Mrs Delphine Kwankam Kamga. Rev. Father Sede Basile (Ph. D.)took out some time to explain how the books were written and published, and also presented two readings from the book.
About Rev. Fr. Basile Sede
Rev. Fr. Basile Sede, Ph.D. is Originally from Fiango – Kumba, Cameroon. Fr. Sede attended St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui, Cameroon, where he studied Philosophy and Theology and was eventually ordained a Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Buea, Cameroon on 16th of April 1998. He earned his PhD from Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, specializing in comparative philosophy. He also studied Management Sciences at the Sophia University in Florence. Fr. Basile Sede has served in the Diocese of Charlotte for the last eight years and presently serves in the Diocese of Charlotte, USA.