How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the by Thomas C. Oden

By Thomas C. Oden

Africa has performed a decisive position within the formation of Christian tradition from its infancy. probably the most decisive highbrow achievements of Christianity have been explored and understood in Africa sooner than they have been in Europe.

If this can be so, why is Christianity so usually perceived in Africa as a Western colonial import? How can Christians in Northern and sub-Saharan Africa, certainly, how can Christians during the international, rediscover and study from this old heritage?

Theologian Thomas C. Oden deals a portrait that demanding situations triumphing notions of the highbrow improvement of Christianity from its early roots to its sleek expressions. The development, he indicates, isn't from north to south from Europe to Africa, however the opposite direction round. He then makes an impassioned plea to discover the demanding info and research extensive the very important position that early African Christians performed in constructing the fashionable college, maturing Christian exegesis of Scripture, shaping early Christian dogma, modeling conciliar styles of ecumenical decision-making, stimulating early monasticism, constructing Neoplatonism, and refining rhetorical and dialectical skills.

He demands a wide-ranging study undertaking to fill out the image he sketches. it's going to require, he says, a iteration of disciplined research, combining extensive language research with a risk-taking dedication to discover the reality in probably unreceptive environments. Oden envisions a devoted consortium of students associated through laptop expertise and a standard dedication that may search to form not just the scholar's realizing however the traditional African Christian's self-perception.

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