History of the Church in Africa
The late Bengt Sundkler, missionary, bishop, and academic, pioneered the study of independent churches in Africa. In this magisterial work, he reviews the entire history of the development of Christianity in all regions of the continent. In contrast to the...
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The late Bengt Sundkler, missionary, bishop, and academic, pioneered the study of independent churches in Africa. In this magisterial work, he reviews the entire history of the development of Christianity in all regions of the continent. In contrast to the conventional focus on the missionary enterprise, Professor Sundkler places the African converts at the centre of the study. African Christians, typically drawn from the margins of society, reinterpreted the Christian message, proselytised, governed local congregations, and organised independent churches. Emphasising African initiatives in the process of Christianisation, he argues that its development was shaped by African kings and courts, the history of labour migration, and local experiences of colonisation. This long-awaited book will become the standard reference on African Christian churches.
Bengt Sundkler's long-awaited book on African Christian churches will become the standard reference for the subject.
"This work...presents the first comprehensive (almost encyclopedic one might add) overview of African church history, from its inception to the present, from North to South, from East to West...this work is essential for any church, seminary, or scholarly library concerned about, and interested in, the church in Africa." Anglican Theological Review
- Part I. The First Fourteen Hundred Years: 1. The Beginnings
- Part Ii. The Middle Ages, 1415-1787: 2. Maritime Connections
- Part Iii. The Nineteenth Century, 1787-1919: 3. Overview
- 4. North And North-eastern Africa
- 5. Western Africa
- 6. West-central Africa
- 7. Southern Africa
- 8. South-central Africa And The Indian Ocean
- 9. East Africa
- 10. East-central Africa
- Part Iv. The Colonial Experience, 1920-1959: 11. Continental Panorama
- 12. Local Perspectives
- 13. North And North-eastern Africa
- 14. Western Africa
- 15. Central Africa
- 16. Southern Africa
- 17. East Africa
- 18. Ecumenical Perspectives