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How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind

Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: History, World
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Africa has played a decisive role in the formation of Christian culture from its infancy. Some of the most decisive intellectual achievements of Christianity were explored and understood in Africa before they were in Europe.

If this is so, why is Christianity so often perceived in Africa as a Western colonial import? How can Christians in Northern and sub-Saharan Africa, indeed, how can Christians throughout the world, rediscover and learn from this ancient heritage?

Theologian Thomas C. Oden offers a portrait that challenges prevailing notions of the intellectual development of Christianity from its early roots to its modern expressions. The pattern, he suggests, is not from north to south from Europe to Africa, but the other way around. He then makes an impassioned plea to uncover the hard data and study in depth the vital role that early African Christians played in developing the modern university, maturing Christian exegesis of Scripture, shaping early Christian dogma, modeling conciliar patterns of ecumenical decision-making, stimulating early monasticism, developing Neoplatonism, and refining rhetorical and dialectical skills.

©2007 Thomas C. Oden (P)2019 Tantor

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Good book. Thorough. A bit dry, but good.

I enjoyed this. Not many in this area, so needed. More like this need published.

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Great start to Early African Christianity.

Started off slow, but ended great hitting alot of areas. Looking forward to more Odens books on here.