Christianity in Tropical Africa: Studies Presented and Discussed at the Seventh International African Seminar, University of Ghana, April 1965, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Christianity in Tropical Africa

Studies Presented and Discussed at the Seventh International African Seminar, University of Ghana, April 1965, 1st Edition

Edited by C. G. Baëta


462 pages

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Originally published in 1968 this volume discusses the issues and problems relevant to Christianity in Tropical Africa. It includes historical studies of the earlier Catholic and Protestant missions and their relationship with African communities, traders and colonial administrations; the social and psychological aspects of conversion and responses to the teaching of the gospel and the impact of Christian teaching on indigenous beliefs; the analysis of modern trends such as separatism.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Historical Perspective 1. Problems of Historical Perspective: The Planting of Christianity in Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Richard Gray

2. Relations Between Christian Missions, European Administrations, and Traders in the Gold Coast 1828-74 I. Tufuoh

3. Missonary Policies as seen in the Work of Misions with the Evangelical presbyterian Church, Ghana E. Grau

4. Catholics and Protestants in the Congo Ruth Slade Reardon

5. The Missionary Struggle with Complexity T. Price

Part 2: The Analytical Perspective

6. Converts and Martyrs in Buganda D. A. Low

7. Influence de la Christianisation sur les institutions traditionnelles des ethnies côtières du Cameroun M. R. Bureau

8. Some Problems of African Christianity: Guilt and Shame F. B. Welbourn

9. Conceptions of Christianity in the Context of Tropical Africa: Nigerian Reactions to its Advent J. B. Schuyler

10. Attitudes and Policies of the Yoruba African Churches Towards Polygamy J. B. Webster

11. Ethiopianism: Past and Present G. Shepperson

12. Church Growth and Independency as Organic Phenomena: An Analysis of Two Hundred African Tribes D. B. Barrett

13. Some Traditional African Religions and Christianity R. Laroche

14. Christianisme et culture africaine: apport africain à la théologie V. Mulago

15. The Ways and Means of Communicating the Gospel John Mbiti

Part 3: Trends and Prospects in African Christianity 16. Mariage et famille dans les groupes christianisés ou en voie de Christianisation de Dakar V. Martin

17. Religion and Socio-Economic Action Among the Serenje-Lala of Zambia Norman Long

18. The Predicament of the Church in Africa E. Bolaji Idowu

About the Editor

C. G. Baëta

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Christian Church / Growth
RELIGION / Christian Church / History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies