The Planting of Christianity in Africa: Volume I: to 1840

By Charles Pelham Groves

Volume I of a comprehensive narrative history of the various attempts to plant and develop Christianity in Africa from early times to the 20th century.

ISBN: 9780227170786


A great four-volume history presenting in comprehensive perspective, within the limits of a single narrative, the various attempts to plant and develop Christianity in Africa. The method of presentation is chronological rather than regional, taking the whole story forward stage by stage rather than dealing completely with one region at a time. As Groves shows in his continental survey, Christianity is now in the midst of its third great attempt to occupy Africa.

Volume I (to 1840) deals with the land and its people; Christianity in the Apostolic Age; the early church in North Africa; Islam; slavery; the formation of Missionary Societies and the arrival of David Livingstone.

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Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Hardback, Paperback

Trade InformationJPOD

About the Author

Dr Charles Pelham Groves was Professor of Missions at the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. He served in Eastern Nigeria as a missionary for thirteen years and was President of the Society for African Church History.



1. The Land
2. The People
3. The Enterprise Begun: (A) Egypt
4. The Enterprise Begun: (B) North Africa
5. The Ordeal with Islam
6. The Crescent Across Africa
7. The Enterprise Renewed
8. A Period of Pause
9. Assault on Slavery
10. The Missionary Awakening
11. South African Development
12. West African Hopes