The Planting of Christianity in Africa

By Charles Pelham Groves

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

ISBN: 9780227170786

Description

A great four-volume history that presents, in comprehensive perspective and 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.

Volume II (1840-1878) covers the years in which the Christian faith – following the trail-blazing of Livingstone and Stanley in Central Africa and the Congo respectively – leaped ahead and became one of the formative factors in African life.

Volume III (1878-1914) continues the account of the European penetration into Africa and describes the effect of the ‘scramble for Africa’ on the work of the various Christian missions and the growth of the Christian Churches.

Volume IV (1914-1954) surveys the period after the First World War in which startling and momentous changes took place, with upheavals in African society which have permanently affected the spread and influence of Christianity, and goes up to the era of decolonisation, which created an entirely new social and political background for the churches.

Additional information

Dimensions 216 × 140 mm
Pages 348 (Volume I), 372 (Volume II), 332 (Volume III), 396 (Volume IV)
Format

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Volume

Volume I  |  Volume II  |  Volume III  |  Volume IV  |  4 Volume Set

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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.

Contents

Volume I: to 1840

Preface

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

Index

Volume II: 1840-78

Preface

Part I: Reconnoitring for Advance: 1840-1858
1. The Attempt from the West
2. Contribution from the Carribean
3. Hope Restored
4. Probing from the East
5. The Thrust from the South

Part II: Pressing the Advantage: 1858-1878
6. Prelude to Progress
7. Developments in the North and West
8. Advances in the South and East
9. Livingstone’s Legacy

Index

Volume III: 1878-1914

Prefatory Note

Part I: Political Kalaidoscope: 1878-1896
1. Staking Europe’s Claims
2. Repercussions on Missions: (A) In German Colonies
3. Repercussions on Missions: (B) In French and British Spheres
4. Movement into Central Africa
5. Progress and Problems on the Perimeter

Part II: Under the New Order: 1896-1914
6. Acceleration of Advance
7. Obstacles and Delays
8. The Day of Promise

Index

Volume IV: 1914-54

Preface

1. War Over Africa: (A) Effect on Missions
2. War Over Africa: (B) Impact on Africans
3. Advance in the New Africa
4. A Difficult Decade
5. The Emerging Church
6. Word War Once More
7. Postwar Survey
8. Problematic Outlook

Appendix: List of Bible Translations in African Languages
Index
Corrigenda et Addenda – Vols I-III

Extracts

Volume I: to 1840

Volume II: 1840-78

Volume III: 1878-1914

Volume IV: 1914-54