Christianity and the African Imagination

Essays in Honour of Adrian Hastings
Brill (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 2. Mai 2013
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • XII, 422 Seiten
978-90-04-24510-5 (ISBN)
During the twentieth-century, Christendom shifted its centre of gravity to the Southern Hemisphere, Africa becoming the most significant area of church growth. This volume explores Christianity's advance across the continent, and its capturing of the African imagination.
From the medieval Catholic Kingdom of Kongo to a transnational Pentecostal movement in post-colonial Zimbabwe, the chapters explore how African agents - priests and prophets, martyrs and missionaries, evangelists and catechists - have seized Christianity and made it theirs. Emphasizing popular religion, the book shows how the Christian ideas and texts, practices and symbols, which have been adapted by Africans, help them accept existential passions and empower them through faith to deal with material concerns for health and wealth, and to overcome evil.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Broschur/Paperback
  • Höhe: 236 mm
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  • Breite: 155 mm
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  • Dicke: 23 mm
  • 703 gr
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David Maxwell is Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Cambridge University and Fellow of Emmanuel College. He is author of Christians and Chiefs in Zimbabwe: A Social History of the Hwesa People c.1870s-1990s (1999) and African Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecostalism and the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement (2006). He was long-time Editor of The Journal of Religion in Africa. He is currently writing a book about missionaries and African agents in the creation of colonial knowledge in colonial Belgian Congo and has edited with Patrick Harries, The Spiritual in the Secular. Missionaries and Knowledge about Africa (2012).

Ingrid Lawrie, BA in Jurisprudence, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. She was Editorial Assistant and Reviews Editor of the Journal of Religion in Africa for over twenty years until 2009.
Introduction: Christianity and the African Imagination, DAVID MAXWELL
Chapter One: A Kongo Princess, the Kongo Ambassadors and the Papacy, RICHARD GRAY
Chapter Two: Africa as the Theatre of Christian Engagement with Islam in the Nineteenth Century, ANDREW F. WALLS
Chapter Three: The Bugandan Christian Revolution: The Catholic Church in Buddu, 1879-1896, JOHN MARY WALIGGO
Chapter Four: 'Taking on the Missionary's Task': African Spirituality and the Mission Churches of Manicaland in the 1930s, TERENCE RANGER
Chapter Five: Christianity and the Logic of Nationalist Assertion in Wole Soyinka's Ìsarà, J.D.Y. PEEL
Chapter Six: Kikuyu Christianities: A History of Intimate Diversity, JOHN LONSDALE
Chapter Seven: Archbishop Janani Luwum: The Dilemmas of Loyalty, Opposition and Witness in Amin's Uganda, KEVIN WARD
Chapter Eight: Pentecostalism and Neo-Traditionalism: The Religious Polarization of a Rural District in Southern Malawi, MATTHEW SCHOFFELEERS
Chapter Nine: A Traditional Religion Reformed: Vincent Kwabena Damuah and the Afrikania Movement, 1982-2000, SAMUEL GYANFOSU
Chapter Ten: Christianity without Frontiers: Shona Missionaries and Transnational Pentecostalism in Africa, DAVID MAXWELL
Chapter Eleven: The Shaping of a Prophet: The African Career and Writings of Adrian Hastings, INGRID LAWRIE
Chapter Twelve: Adrian Hastings's Bibliography, 1950-2002, INGRID LAWRIE
Four Poems from Zaire, DONALD MACKAY
'"Facing competition within the religious market-places of the world has ... always been the lot of both the missionaries and the churches they have helped to establish, with or without the spur of capitalist economics. That this was the case owes much to the African imagination; that it is now widely accepted is likewise the achievement of Adrian Hastings and the wider scholarship represented in this excellent volume." Andrew Porter, King's College.

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