The Church in Africa, 1450-1950 / Edition 1

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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 Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and the numerous 'Independent' churches of modern times. The book focuses throughout on the role of conversion, 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 comparable development of Islam in Africa.
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"Hastings has established a challenging framework with exceptional clarity. His overall strategy is masterly, often strikingly original; and the framework is indubitabley African....He should succeed in stimulating a fresh generation of research, especially by Ethiopian scholars."—Times Literary Supplement

"This is a magisterial work....I cannot recommend this book too highly for those who want either to begin reading about African Christianity, or to widen their knowledge."—Church of England Newspaper

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Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

A Note on Names
List of Abbreviations
Pt. I 1450-1780: A Medieval Environment
1 The Ethiopian Church in the Age of Zara Ya'iqob 3
2 Africa in 1500 and its Christian Past 46
3 The Kongo, Warri, Mutapa, and the Portuguese 71
4 Riches to Rags: Ethiopia 1500-1800 130
Pt. II 1780-1890: From the Anti-Slavery to Total Subjugation
5 Equiano to Ntsikana: From the 1780s to the 1820s 173
6 The Lion Revived: Ethiopia in the Nineteenth Century 222
7 The Victorian Missionary 242
8 Kings, Marriage, Ancestors, and God 306
9 Christian Life in the Age of Bishop Crowther 338
Pt. III 1890-1960: The Christianizing of Half a Continent
10 A Variety of Scrambles: 1890-1920 397
11 From Agbebi to Diangienda: Independency and Prophetism 493
12 Church, School, and State in the Age of Bishop Kiwanuka 540
Appendix 1. Kings of Ethiopia and Kongo Referred to in the Text 611
Appendix 2. Maps 613
Bibliography 621
Index 686
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