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Pathway in World Christianities

New for 2020/2021

The primary focus of the Michaelmas Term module is on the renegotiation of African and Christian identities in the past two centuries, from early encounters between missionaries and African societies along the encroaching colonial frontier to African independency movements, decolonisation, the role of African Christianity in the Cold War, and finally the rise of Pentecostalism.  A special interest of the module will be in enabling students to de-centre European agency and study how African politics, social change and cultural heritage were mobilised in the Africanisation of Christianity.  Main themes for this analysis will be 1) the interplay of missionary, European, and African politics in the colonial remaking of Africa; 2) the place of conversion as a nexus for negotiating the demands of European modernity with changing African social structures; 3) the role of science and translation in the vernacularisation of Christian cosmology; 4) the transformation of African traditional religions through Christian contextualisation movements.  The Lent Term Module will look at four contentious themes in contemporary World Christianity; 1) the relationship between church and state; 2) the so-called Prosperity Gospel; 3) the recognition of homosexual unions;  and 4) Christian-Muslim relations.  

Dr Jorg Haustein and Professor David Maxwell will be course coordinators.


Christianity, Identity, and Politics in Modern Africa       Themes in Contemporary World Christianity
Henry Martyn Centre: RID 19/2/9 Anglican church centenary celebrations, Boga, Zaire, 1996 World Christianities, Dr Joel Cabrita