A History of African Christianity 1950-1975 by Adrian Hastings

By Adrian Hastings

The church buildings in Africa most likely represent crucial development sector for Christianity within the moment 1/2 the 20th century. From being a few fairly tightly managed 'mission fields' zealously guarded by means of the nice missionary societies, Catholic and Protestant, they've got emerged around the final many years in bewildering style to selfhood, a club of shut on 100 million adherents and an influential function either inside their very own societies and on this planet Church. This ebook surveys the heritage of Christianity all through sub-Saharan Africa through the 3rd area of this century. It starts in 1950 at a time whilst the church buildings have been nonetheless for the main half emphatically a part of the colonial order and it takes the tale on from there around the coming of political independence and the differences of the Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies.

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And in this his life was spent. The Campaign for Right and Justice was followed in 1946 by a visit to Durban where the Indians had organised a Passive Resistance Movement in opposition to the new Asiatic Land Tenure Bill. Their silent protesters were being brutally assaulted night after night by companies of white thugs. Scott felt he must stand beside them. Arrested under the law of trespass, he spent three months in gaol. On returning to Johannesburg he lost his post as a curate, because Clayton would not permit him to keep it without giving an 26 Church and State assurance that he would not undertake further action of this sort without permission.

There was here a profound identification in principle of religion and national identity: being Ethiopian at bottom meant being Christian, even though as a matter of fact many Ethiopians were never Christians - not only in the newly conquered lands but in the historic heart land of the northern highlands. But the Old Testament sense of mission, of being a chosen nation, now a Christian nation, 'God's holy people' was immensely strong though it generally coexisted with a considerable tolerance of non-Christians in their midst as also with the survival within Christian life of local religious and magical practices deriving from many sources.

The historic churches In his conversion to the Orthodox tradition Reuben Spartas was very much of an exception, although in central Kenya too there was in 1950 a small black Orthodox Church. But the principal representative of eastern Christianity in black Africa has been, of course, ever since the fourth century, the Church of Ethiopia, dependent as it remained upon the see of Alexandria. The Church of Alexandria is indubitably the primal see of Africa, one of the three original patriarchates of the ancient church.

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