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Dr. Peter Kiarie Njoroge

Dr. Kiarie was born in the Kenya Colony on 8th March, 1942. He studied Philosophy and Theology in Morogoro Major Seminary Tanganyika between 1958 and 1962. He carried out intensive research into Gikuyu Religion and Culture as Kenya emerged as an independent republic between 1962 and 1971.

He worked for the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Kenya Catholic Secretariat for 14 years (1971-1985), as National Secretary for the Departments of The Lay Apostolate, Religious Education, and Development and Social Services. He continued his intensive participatory research into Gikuyu Culture and Religion for another ten years (1985-1995).

He joined the Catholic University of Eastern Africa as a fulltime student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Religious Studies, 1996-2005, and was awarded BA Hons, MA, and PhD in Religious Studies. He lectured at CUEA in the fields of: African Culture, Phenomenology of Religion, Bible Studies and Critical Thinking. In June 2012, he retired from CUEA on attaining 70 years of age. He joined Kiriri Women’s University in July 2012 for a three-year contract ending in June 2015, as The Director of the Institute of Research and Development.

He has been on a self-sponsored sabbatical year spent in his homestead and other African grassroot communities.

Dr. Kiarie has been married to Mrs. Sophia Wambui Kiarie for the last 46 years. They are blessed with sons and daughters. He lives with his family in Ruiru Town, Kenya.

Books by the Author

The Decline of Spiritual Authority in Gikuyu Traditional Religion

The problem investigated by this study has been indicated by the observation that there is prevalent instability in many Gikuyu families. This instability leads to strained relationships between family members both at the nuclear and extended levels, resulting in family break-ups, domestic violence and tragedies. These increasing unstable Gikuyu families are becoming a cause of concern for Gikuyu society and for the general human society. The study has been guided by theories of knowledge that acknowledge indemonstrable first principles that characterize human intelligence and theories that reject the dichotomy of methodologies between the natural sciences and the human sciences but support the validity of the scientific study of religion as a human science. Gikuyu Traditional Religion has been presented in the framework of the six dimensions of a religion defined by Ninian Smart, viz., the experiential, mythological, ritual, ethical, social and doctrinal. Extensive review of related literature and document analysis has established the incidence of spiritual authority in Gikuyu Traditional Religion and at the same time revealed the gap addressed by this study: that the spiritual authority has not been addressed as a legitimate partner to be entered into dialogue with.

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