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The Church in Africa, 1450-1950

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The Church in Africa, 1450-1950 by Adrian Hastings
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"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.

Author Biography

Adrian Hastings is Professor of Theology and Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. Dr. Hastings also edited Modern Catholicism: Vatican II and After (OUP, 1990).
Release date Australia
March 7th, 1996
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
8 maps
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
720
Dimensions
155x234x37
ISBN-13
9780198263999
Product ID
2831359

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