The Church in Africa, 1450-1950 by Adrian HastingsThe Church in Africa, 1450-1950 by Adrian Hastings

The Church in Africa, 1450-1950

byAdrian Hastings

Paperback | February 1, 1992

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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 havebecome 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 developmentand 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 totraditional values, and the impact of political power. Professor Hastings also compares the relation of Christian history to the comprable development of Islam in Africa.
Adrian Hastings is at University of Leeds.
Title:The Church in Africa, 1450-1950Format:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.46 inPublished:February 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`A classic and masterful work ... he focuses sensitively on the role of conversion, the development of church life and its relationship to traditional African religious values ... a balanced account of the positive and negative roles of Christian missionary activity and their political andeconomic linkages to colonial political power ... Highly recommended for scholars and advanced graduate students. A major library resource on Africa and the history of Christianity.'Choice