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The Planting of Christianity in Africa:

Volume II: 1840–78

By Charles Pelham Groves

The Planting of Christianity in Africa

The Planting of Christianity in Africa:

Volume II: 1840–78

By Charles Pelham Groves

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

Series: Library of Ecclesiastical History
Trade Information: JPOD
Available as: Hardback, Paperback

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Print Hardback

ISBN: 9780227170809

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 372pp

Published: February 2003


Print Paperback

ISBN: 9780227170793

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 368pp

Published: February 2003


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 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


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


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.