Resources from the Books section (Africa)
What makes African Christianity Christian?, what is the mission of the African church?, What is the theology of the African church? and, What is the future of the Church in Africa or more precisely of African Christianity? Professor Galgalo gives a critical analysis of Christianity in Africa from historical, theological and sociological perspectives.
Many pastors in the provincial towns and rural villages of Malawi struggle to find practical relevance in the letter to the Romans. While the majority of church leaders have received little or no formal Bible and ministry training, they often face formidable challenges from African traditional practices, folk Islam, poverty and poor education - creating barriers to authentic Christian discipleship.
Drawing on two years of ethnographic research, Naomi Haynes explores Pentecostal Christianity in the kind of community where it often flourishes: a densely populated neighborhood in the heart of an extraction economy.
Over the course of the last 1400 years, Islam has grown from a small band of followers on the Arabian peninsula into a global religion of over a billion believers. How did this happen? The usual answer is that Islam spread by the sword―that believers waged jihad against rival tribes and kingdoms and forced them to convert.
David Tonghou Ngong offers a comprehensive view of African Christian thought that includes North Africa in antiquity as well as Sub-Saharan Africa from the period of colonial missionary activity to the present. Challenging conventional colonial divisions of Africa, A New History of African Christian Thought demonstrates that important continuities exist across the continent.
Religion and Politics in Kenya: Essays in Honour of a Meddlesome Priest
edited by Ben Knighton
Using Bishop David Gitari as a lens, this book examines contrasting political initiatives and responses by Christian and Islamic leaders. It represents an unusual and exciting opposition between church and state that collapsed after Gitari retired as Archbishop, but might yet be renewed.
Troubled But Not Destroyed: The Autobiography of Archbishop David Gitari
by David Mukuba Gitari
David Mukuba Gitari (1937-2013), first Bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kenya East (1975-1997) and Archbishop of Kenya (1997-2002), was one of the first post-colonial global African Christian leaders.
Seeing New Facets of the Diamond: Christianity as a Universal Faith: Essays in Honour of Kwame Bediako by Benhardt Y. Quarshie; Gillian M. Bediako; Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
Seeing New Facets of the Diamond: Christianity as a Universal Faith
by Benhardt Y. Quarshie; Gillian M. Bediako; Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
In the five years since Kwame Bediako passed away there has been a growing desire among colleagues and friends to put together a book that would honour his memory.
One of the books in the Lanham Monograph series, this looks at the first ever conference held within Africa to focus solely on the relationship of the African Christian and Islam.
Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era by J.J. Carney
This research grows out of newly released archival material from the Missionaries of Africa archives in Rome. The author is the first researcher to consult archival material for the critical revolutionary years that culminated with Rwandan independence in 1962.
This is a revised and updated edition of the comprehensive study of the role of art in the process of inculturation in Africa, first issued in 2000. The study is a substantial contribution toward a theology of inculcation in Africa, and enriches the debate on indigenous African and Christian artistic traditions. It represents the first systematic theology constructed in and from Malawi that establishes a theology of symbolic expression in Africa.
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