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Church in Africa 1450-19650

A Hastings

Church in Africa 1450-19650

A Hastings

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`well-written, intelligent and lively .. will greatly stimulate anyone fortunate enough to read it' (TLS). This is a unique, major history of the Christian church in Africa spanning five centuries and the whole compass of different Christian movements from the old Ethiopian Church to Catholic and Protestant missionaries and the `independent' churches of today.

- Publisher Covering five centuries--from the rise of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the 15th century and the early Portuguese missionaries right through to the Church and its key role in Africa today--this major new volume is the first complete history of the Christian Church in Africa. Written by a^leading authority on Church history who has spent many years in Africa, it looks at all aspects of Christianity in Africa, including its relationship to traditional values and customs, politics, and the comparable rise of Islam in Africa during the period.

- Publisher "I can merely admire his courage in tackling so complex and difficult a subject; he should succeed in stimulating a fresh generation of research ... this well-written, intelligent and lively study will greatly stimulate anyone fortunate enough to read it." Christianity provided the constitutive identity of historic Ethiopia. From the sixteenth century, and increasingly from the nineteenth, it entered decisively into the life and culture of an increasing number of other African peoples. In the course of the twentieth century, African Christians have become a major part of the world Church, and arguably modern African history as a whole is not intelligible without its powerful Christian element. Yet despite the great advance in African historiography over the last forty years, this is the first major volume to consider the historical development and character of the Christian Church in Africa as a whole, linking together Ehtiopia Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and the numerousm 'Independent' churches of modern times. The book focuses throughout on the role of coversion, the shaping of Church life and its relationship to traditional values, and the impact of political power. Professor Hastings also compares the relation of Christian history to the comprable development of Islam in Africa.

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`well-written, intelligent and lively .. will greatly stimulate anyone fortunate enough to read it' (TLS). This is a unique, major history of the Christian church in Africa spanning five centuries and the whole compass of different Christian movements from the old Ethiopian Church to Catholic and Protestant missionaries and the `independent' churches of today.
- Publisher

Covering five centuries--from the rise of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the 15th century and the early Portuguese missionaries right through to the Church and its key role in Africa today--this major new volume is the first complete history of the Christian Church in Africa. Written by a^leading authority on Church history who has spent many years in Africa, it looks at all aspects of Christianity in Africa, including its relationship to traditional values and customs, politics, and the comparable rise of Islam in Africa during the period.
- Publisher

"I can merely admire his courage in tackling so complex and difficult a subject; he should succeed in stimulating a fresh generation of research ... this well-written, intelligent and lively study will greatly stimulate anyone fortunate enough to read it." Christianity provided the constitutive identity of historic Ethiopia. From the sixteenth century, and increasingly from the nineteenth, it entered decisively into the life and culture of an increasing number of other African peoples. In the course of the twentieth century, African Christians have become a major part of the world Church, and arguably modern African history as a whole is not intelligible without its powerful Christian element. Yet despite the great advance in African historiography over the last forty years, this is the first major volume to consider the historical development and character of the Christian Church in Africa as a whole, linking together Ehtiopia Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and the numerousm 'Independent' churches of modern times. The book focuses throughout on the role of coversion, the shaping of Church life and its relationship to traditional values, and the impact of political power. Professor Hastings also compares the relation of Christian history to the comprable development of Islam in Africa.
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A Hastings

(1929-2001) Former professor emeritus of theology at the University of Leeds in England. A theologian and church historian, he wrote several books including A History of Christianity in Africa, A History of English Christianity, and The Church in Africa and edited A World History of Christianity and The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought. In recognition of his scholarly achievements he was proposed for election to a Fellowship of the British Academy, but died before the formal elections were held.

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  • Catalogue Code 134236
  • Product Code 0198263996
  • EAN 9780198263999
  • Pages 720
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Mar 1996
  • Dimensions 234 x 155 x 37 mm
  • Weight 1.110kg

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