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A History of the Church in Africa

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511038792

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About the Authors
  • 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.

    • A personal account, by a key figure in the study of Christianity, who was involved with Africa for sixty years
    • A comprehensive history of all the main churches in all regions in Africa, including North of the Sahara
    • The study is rooted in African structures and African personalities rather than Western institutions and Western missionaries
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Sundkler's great gift of weaving different motifs throughout the work makes the book easily readable and provocative. Far from being tiring, the book captivates the reader with its easy style and keeps the reader sympathetic to the problems that faced the Body of Christ...This book is a must for all theological libraries." Historian

    "...the comprehensiveness and illuminating narrative that make this book the standard treatment of the topic. It is lucidly written in clear prose, and its organization flows smoothly from generalizations and stated emphases to case studies and illustrative detail. This is the most complete single volume on a crucial aspect of Africa's past and present." American Historical Review

    "In the publisher's opening remarks in this book, it is claimed that it "will become the standard reference text on African Christian Churches." I would heartily endorse that assessment. It is one of those essential books for the new millenium that needs to be displayed in every theological library worldwide." Seminary Studies, Ernst Wendland, Lutheran Seminary, Lusaka, Zambia

    "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

    "A History of the CHurch in Africa is indeed among the most comprehensive African-focused histories that foreign writers or missionaries have provided." Journal of Church and State, Robert Yaw Owusu, Baylor University

    "[T]his book should be on the shelf of every theological institution in the world ... it will serve as the standard reference work for many years." Anglican and Episcopal History

    "...a very serious and careful survey of the modern church in Africa.... The book is organized regionally and chronologically, and one has the impression that every region and denomination received careful, equal weight.... One gets the feeling of solidity, comprehensiveness, judgment, and care throughout.... The book is an invaluable starting point for church history, at least for the post-nineteenth-century period. It is a good guide to the literature that would allow a student to follow the issues it addresses farther, and it would be a valuable reference work." Catholic Historical Review

    "...the single most authoritative reference work now available on the history of the Christian Church in Africa." African Studies Review

    "Excellent..." The Living Church

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511038792
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Authors

    Bengt Sundkler

    Christopher Steed, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

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