"Lucidly written."--Religious Studies Review
Christianity’s center of gravity has shifted in the modern world from the continents of the North to the global South, with Africa playing a significant role in the resurgence of the faith. Here, Kwame Bediako is the first to examine this global transformation from an African perspective, offering a unique and compelling survey of the new role African Christianity is playing today. He examines the intellectual legacy of Edward Wilmot Blyden, the “Black Spokesman” who questioned the suitability of Western Christianity to Africa; discusses the Afrikania Moment of the twentieth century; explores the prospects of the modern African experience in the future shape of Christian theological discourse and in Christianity’s continuing social and cultural impact.
Kwame Bediako (1945-2008), a native of Ghana, was trained as a patrologist and historian. He served as rector of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute for Theology, Mission and Culture in Akropong, Ghana, and was a pioeer in the exploration and advancement of African Christianity. His other books include Jesus and the Gospel in Africa: History and Experience.