How Africa Shaped The Christian Mind

by Thomas C. Oden     |     Book Summary


Author: Thomas C. Oden
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Date: 2007
Pages: 197

How Africa Shaped The Christian Mind by Thomas C. Oden


As a continuation of his editorial work on The Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture, Thomas C. Oden has written a concise introduction to the immense impact Africa has had on global Christianity and, in particular, Western Christianity.

Oden highlights some of the major African cities and church leaders that, throughout church history, had a direct impact on Christian thought of the West. He shows how  Christianity was founded on the apostles’ teachings and matured in early Africa. This history has been largely neglected due to a lack of textual evidence and cultural bias toward a European focus in church history.

Oden asserts that going back to the early roots of Africa and tracing its spiritual history through two millennia of the church will help the world better acknowledge and honor Africa for both its past and present. As the global center of Christianity moves south of the equator, young Africans (and Christians worldwide) will benefit from the vast and persevering history of African Christianity.

Oden urges scholars, especially those in Africa, to mine the archaeological and textual depths of Africa’s Christian history in order to bring life to the hidden treasure of early African Christianity.





How Africa Shaped The Christian Mind

by Thomas C. Oden

[ Book Summary ]



How Africa Shaped The Christian Mind by Thomas C. Oden

AuthorThomas C. Oden
PublisherInterVarsity Press
Date2007
Pages197


Overview:

As a continuation of his editorial work on The Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture, Thomas C. Oden has written a concise introduction to the immense impact Africa has had on global Christianity and, in particular, Western Christianity.

Oden highlights some of the major African cities and church leaders that, throughout church history, had a direct impact on Christian thought of the West. He shows how  Christianity was founded on the apostles’ teachings and matured in early Africa. This history has been largely neglected due to a lack of textual evidence and cultural bias toward a European focus in church history.

Oden asserts that going back to the early roots of Africa and tracing its spiritual history through two millennia of the church will help the world better acknowledge and honor Africa for both its past and present. As the global center of Christianity moves south of the equator, young Africans (and Christians worldwide) will benefit from the vast and persevering history of African Christianity.

Oden urges scholars, especially those in Africa, to mine the archaeological and textual depths of Africa’s Christian history in order to bring life to the hidden treasure of early African Christianity.




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