Synopses & Reviews
A History of Christianity in Africa examines the origins and development of Christianity in Africa from the early story of Egyptian Christianity to the spectacular growth, vitality, and diversity of the churches in Africa today. Isichei opens with the brilliance of Christianity in Africa in antiquity and shows how Christian Egypt and North Africa produced some of the most influential intellects of the time. She then discusses the churches founded in the wake of early contacts with Europe, from the late fifteenth century on, and the unbroken Christian witness of Coptic Egypt and of Ethiopia. Isichei also examines the different types of Christianity in modern Africa and shows how social factors have influenced its development and expression. With the explosive growth of Christianity now taking place in Africa - 393 million adherents projected by the year 2000 - and the increasingly recognized significance of African Christianity, this much-needed book fills the void in scholarly works on the continent's Christian past, also foreshadowing Christian Africa's influential future.
Isichei's thorough study surveys the full breadth of Christianity in Africa, from the early story of Egyptian Christianity to the churches of the Middle Years (1500-1800) to the prolific success of missions throughout the 1900s. This important book fills a conspicuous void of scholarly works on Africa's Christian history. Includes 26 maps.
Kristendommens historie i Afrika fra tidligste tid til idag.
Table of Contents
North African Christianity in antiquity -- The churches of the middle years, 1500 to 1800 -- Mission renewed -- southern Africa to 1900 -- East and east central Africa to 1900 -- West Africa to 1900 -- West central Africa -- Northern Africa -- East and east central Africa 1900 to 1960 -- West Africa 1900 to 1960 -- South Africa and its neighbors since 1900 -- Independent black Africa since 1960: church, state, and society.