In 1885, the brilliant German classicist Theodor Mommsen wrote: "In the development of Christianity, Africa plays the first part; if it arose in Syria, it was in and through Africa that it became the religion of the world."
In this seminar, we will explore the African roots of Christianity. Special attention will be paid to the role Origin of Alexandria played in the development of patristic exegesis and trinitarian theology, Augustine of Hippo's unparalleled contribution to the formation of western theology, and the tragic undoing of Christianity in North Africa during the era of the Islamic conquests. The course will also cover the enduring influence of ancient African Christianity in modern-day Africa and beyond.
Jonathan J. Armstrong and B. Moses Owojaiye will be the seminar lecturers.
Kwame, Bediako. Christianity in Africa: The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion. Edinburgh: University Press, 1995.
Oden, Thomas C. How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbeed of Western Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.
To register for this course, please contact Rev. Tunde Aremuthe, the Deputy Provost (Academics) of ECWA Theological Seminary in Igbaja, Nigeria, at +254 8066870837. To visit the seminary homepage, please click here.