An African Christianity?

There’s an intriguing remark on the last page of Adrian Hastings’ History of African Christianity 1950-1976 saying that the styles of Christianity which came from Rome, Geneva and Canterbury did not take root in Africa but instead it was the Ethiopian style which ha prevailed across the continent.  The Ethiopian church is not an evangelistic church and did not send out missionaries across Africa until very recently so there’s no simple proof for this which can be historically demonstrated.

But the question which has fascinated me since I first visited Ethiopia twenty years ago and which has led to this sabbatical project is whether there is a distinctive style of Christianity, even a different kind of Christianity from anywhere else in the world, which developed in Ethiopia from the earliest times and which is distinctively African.

Halfway through the visit ideas are taking shape………….

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