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Christianity in Africa: a historical appraisal

Samson A Fatokun

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 26, No 2 (2005), 357-368. doi: 10.4102/ve.v26i2.229

Submitted: 03 October 2005
Published:  03 October 2005


In this article, the author challenges the popular public conception that Christianity in Africa is a latecomer introduced only with the advent of colonialism. By tracing the origins of the Christian faith in both North and sub-Saharan Africa (including, North-Central and West Africa), this paper seeks to show that Christianity has been in Africa virtually since its inception and that the continent’ s own adherents to this faith played an important role in the formation and advance of Christianity elsewhere. Moreover, Christianity in Africa can be found almost everywhere on the continent and indigenous varieties of the tradition developed which allowed it to become as part of Africa as African traditional religions.

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Samson A Fatokun, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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