African Christianity (by date)

Note1: For the record, there is no such thing as an African Christianity (Try defining “African” or “Christianity”).  As on other continents, there are many Christians with different interpretations of Christian beliefs.

Note 2:  The titles listed below are my own working bibliography. Please suggest any works you think should be added in the comments section – (author, title). Last updated: 9 June 2014

See also: Resource Links

Links to bibliographies on Theology in Africa.

Annotated Bibliography for Theological Education in Africa

(Downloadable PDF)- All books (only) in this bibliography (213 pages;707 titles) were authored by Africans or for Africa (with a few exceptions) and favors books published between 1986 and 2005. Books are listed by academic subject and also by author. Each book is accompanied by notes on availability, price, theological orientation, educational level, subject, review and usefulness. The bibliography is further enhanced by subject and key word indices. (Starcher and Anguandia)

Grant LeMarquand’s – Bibliography of the Bible in Africa (155page PDF) with works at least through 2000.

See also:

The Book List: Africa – general

Bibliography of African Traditional Religions – 55 pages; almost 1000 entries – up to 2001 (Chidi Denis Isizoh)

AFRICAN CHRISTIANITY: BIBLIOGRAPHY BY DATE

Essamuah, Casely B., and David K. Ngaruiya, eds. Communities of Faith in Africa and the African Diaspora: In Honor of Dr. Tite Tienou with Additional Essays on World Christianity. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2014.

Nkansah-Obrempong, James. Foundations for African Theological Ethics. Carlisle: Langham Monographs, 2013.

Katongole, Emmanuel. The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.

Stinton, Diane B., ed. African Theology on the Way. London: SPCK, 2010.

Gatumu, Albert wa. The Pauline Concept of Supernatural Powers: A Reading from the African Worldview. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Paternoster, 2008.

Kalu, Ogbu. African Pentecostalism: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Kalu, Ogbu. Clio in a Sacred Garb: Essays on Christian Presence and African Responses, 1900-2000. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World, 2008.

Kunhiyop, Samuel Waje. African Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids: Hippo Books, 2008.

Mbano, Dunstan M. Ecclesiological Trends in the Catholic and Protestant Churches and Their Significance for the Church in Africa: A Study of Selected Texts. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2008.

Oden, Thomas C. How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2008.

Orobator, Agbonkhianmeghe E. Theology Brewed in an African Pot. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2008.

Ranger, Terence O., ed. Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Kalu, Ogbu U. African Christianity. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World, 2007.

Mukonyora, Isabel. Wandering a Gendered Wilderness: Suffering & Healing in an African Initiated Church. New York: P. Lang, 2007.

Nkansah-Obrempong, James. “The Contemporary Theological Situation in Africa: An Overview.” Evangelical Review of Theology 31, no. 2 (2007): 140-140.

Nyende, Peter. “Institutional and Popular Interpretations of the Bible in Africa.” The Expository Times 119, no. 2 (2007): 59-66.

Loba-Mkole, Jean-Claude. “The New Testament and Intercultural Exegesis in Africa.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 30 (2007): 7-28.

Bujo, Bénézet and Juvénal Ilunga Muya, eds. African Theology in the 21st Century: The Contribution of the Pioneers. Vol. 2. Translated by Silvano Borruso. Nairobi: Paulines Africa, 2006.

Kalu, Ogbu. Power, Poverty, and Prayer: The Challenges of Poverty and Pluralism in African Christianity, 1960-1996. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World, 2006.

Kibicho, Samuel G. God and Revelation in an African Context. Nairobi: Acton, 2006.

Maigadi, Barje S. Divisive Ethnicity in the Church in Africa. Kaduna, Nigeria: Baraka, 2006.

Otieno, Nicholas. Journey of Hope: Towards a New Ecumenical Africa. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2006.

Phiri, Isabel Apawo, Sarojini Nadar, and Mercy Amba Oduyoye. African Women, Religion, and Health: Essays in Honor of Mercy Amba Ewudzi Oduyoye. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2006.

Turaki, Yusufu. Foundations of African Traditional Religion and Worldview. Nairobi: WordAlive, 2006.

Dube, Musa W., and Musimbi Kanyoro. Grant Me Justice!: HIV/Aids & Gender Readings of the Bible. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2005.

Kalu, Ogbu U., ed. African Christianity: An African Story. Perspectives on Christianity 5.3. Pretoria: Department of Church History, University of Pretoria, 2005.

Katongole, Emmanuel M. African Theology Today. Scranton, Pa.: University of Scranton Press, 2005.

Katongole, Emmanuel. A Future for Africa: Critical Essays in Christian Social Imagination. African Theology Today 2. Scranton, Pa.: University of Scranton Press, 2005.

Kirwen, Michael C. African Cultural Knowledge: Themes and Embedded Beliefs. Nairobi: Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, 2005.

Phiri, Isabel Apawo and Sarojini Nadar, eds. On Being Church: African Women’s Voices and Visions. Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches, 2005.

Bediako, Kwame. Jesus and the Gospel in Africa: History and Experience. Theology in Africa. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 2004.

Kä Mana. Christians and Churches of Africa: Salvation in Christ and Building a New African Society. Theology in Africa series. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2004.

Magesa, Laurenti. Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa. Nairobi: Paulines Africa, 2004.

Stinton, Diane B. Jesus of Africa: Voices of Contemporary African Christology. Faith and Culture. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 2004.

Mana, Kä. Christians and Churches of Africa: Salvation in Christ and Building a New African Society. Theology in Africa. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 2004.

Manus, Ukachukwu Chris. Intercultural Hermeneutics in Africa: Methods and Approaches. Nairobi: Acton, 2003.

Kobia, Samuel M. The Courage to Hope. Nairobi: Acton, 2003.

Bujo, Bénézet and Juvénal Ilunga Muya, eds. African Theology in the 21st Century: The Contribution of the Pioneers. Vol. 1. Translated by Silvano Borruso. Nairobi: Paulines Africa, 2003.

Sanneh, Lamin. Whose Religion is Christianity?: The Gospel beyond the West. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.

Mugambi, J. N. K. Christian Theology and Social Reconstruction. Nairobi: Acton, 2003.

Russell, William P. “‘Time Also Moves Backwards’: John Mbiti’s Traditional Concept of Time and the Future of World Christianity.” Studies in World Christianity 9, no. 1 (2003).

Bujo, Bénézet. Foundations of an African Ethic: beyond the Universal Claims of Western Morality. New York: Crossroads, 2003.

Cox, James L. and Gerrie ter Haar, eds. Uniquely African? African Christian Identity from Cultural and Historical Perspectives. Trenton, N.J: African Christian, 2003.

Dedji, Valentin. Reconstruction and Renewal in African Christian Theology. Theology of Reconstruction Series. Nairobi: Acton, 2003.

Kanyoro, Musimbi R. A. Introducing Feminist Cultural Hermeneutics: An African Perspective. Introductions in Feminist Theology 9. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002.

Magesa, Laurenti. Christian Ethics in Africa. Nairobi: Acton, 2002.

Mana, Kä. Christians and Churches of Africa: Envisioning the Future: Salvation in Jesus Christ and the Building of a New African Society. Theological Reflections from the South. Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana: Regnum Africa, 2002.

Oduyoye, Mercy Amba. Beads and Strands: Reflections of an African Woman on Christianity in Africa. Theological Reflections from the South. Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana: Regnum Africa, 2002.

Maxwell, David, and Ingrid Lawrie, eds. Christianity and the African Imagination: Essays in Honour of Adrian Hastings. Studies of Religion in Africa. Leiden: Brill, 2002.

Getui, Mary N. and Matthew M. Theuri. Quests for Abundant Life in Africa. Nairobi: Acton, 2002.

Dube, Musa W., ed. Other Ways of Reading: African Women and the Bible. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001.

Njoroge, Nymbura J. and Musa W. Dube, eds. Talitha cum! Theologies of African Women. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Cluster, 2001.

Getui, Mary N., Tinyiko Maluleke, and Justin Ukpong, eds. Interpreting the New Testament in Africa. Nairobi: Acton, 2001.

Getui, Mary, Knut Holter, and Victor Zinkuratire, eds. Interpreting the Old Testament in Africa: Papers from the International Symposium on Africa and the Old Testament in Nairobi, October 1999. Nairobi: Acton, 2001.

Oduyoye, Mercy. Introducting African Women’s Theology. Introductions in Feminist Theology 6. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.

Parratt, John, ed. A Reader in African Christian Theology. North American ed. Denver, Colo.: iAcademic, 2001.

Speckman, McGlory T. The Bible and Human Development in Africa. African Christianity Series. Nairobi: Acton, 2001.

Nthamburi, Zablon John. The Pilgrimage of the African Church: Towards the Twenty-First Century. Nairobi: Uzima, 2000.

O’Donovan, Wilbur. Biblical Christianity in Modern Africa\. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000.

Olupona, Jacob K., ed. African Spirituality: Forms, Meanings and Expressions. World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest 3. New York: Herder and Herder, 2000.

West, Gerald O., and Musa W. Dube eds. The Bible in Africa: Transactions, Trajectories, and Trends. Leiden: Brill, 2000.

Ferdinando, Keith. The Triumph of Christ in African Perspective: A Study of Demonology and Redemption in the African Context. Paternoster Biblical and Theological Monographs. Carlisle, Cumbria, UK: Paternoster, 1999.

Getui, Mary N., and Emmanuel A. Obeng, eds. Theology of Reconstruction: Exploratory Essays. 2nd ed. Acton, 1999.

Mazambara, Phillip Denhe. The Self-Understanding of African Instituted Churches: A Study Based on the Church of Apostles Founded by John of Marange in Zimbabwe. Perspektiven der Weltmission 29. Aachen: Verlag an der Lottbek im Besitz des Verlags Mainz, 1999.

Turaki, Yusufu. Christianity and African Gods: A Method in Theology. Potchefstroom: Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys, 1999.

Ngewa, Samuel, Mark Shaw, and Tite Tienou eds. Issues in African Christian Theology. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1998.

Gifford, Paul. African Christianity: It’s Public Role. London: Hurst, 1998.

Pobee, J. S, and Gabriel Ositelu. African Initiatives in Christianity: The Growth, Gifts, and Diversities of Indigenous African Churches: A Challenge to the Ecumenical Movement. Risk Book Series 83. Geneva: WCC Publications, 1998.

Sindima, Harvey J. Religious and Political Ethics in Africa: A Moral Inquiry. Contributions in Afro-American and African studies no. 188. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1998.

Adeyemo, Tokunboh. Salvation in the African Tradition. 2nd ed. Nairobi: Evangel, 1997.

Mugambi, J. N. K., ed. The Church and Reconstruction of Africa: Theological Considerations. Nairobi: AACC, 1997.

Mugambi, J. N. K., ed. The Church and the Future of Africa: Problems and Promises. Nairobi: AACC, 1997.

Magesa, Laurenti. African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life. Nairobi: Paulines Africa, 1997.

Turaki, Yusufu. Tribal Gods of Africa: Ethnicity, Racism, Tribalism, and the Gospel of Christ. Nairobi, Kenya: Ethics, Peace, and Justice Commission of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, 1997.

Healey, Joseph and Donald Sybertz. Towards an African Narrative Theology. Nairobi: Paulines Africa, 1996.

Phiri, Isabel Apawo, Kenneth R. Ross, and James L. Cox, eds. The Role of Christianity in Development Peace and Reconstruction: Southern Perspective. Nairobi: AACC, 1996.

Pobee, John S. Christ Would Be an African Too. Gospel and Culture Studies 9. Geneva: WCC, 1996.

Sawyerr, Harry. The Practice of Presence: Shorter Writings of Harry Sawyerr. Edited by John Parratt. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

Shaw, Mark. The Kingdom of God in Africa: A Short History of African Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996.

Shorter, Aylward. Christianity and the African Imagination: After the African Synod: Resources for Inculturation. Nairobi: Paulines, 1996.

Bediako, Kwame. Christianity in Africa: The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1995.

Gifford, Paul, ed. The Christian Churches and the Democratisation of Africa. Leiden: Brill, 1995.

Isichei, Elizabeth. A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Mugambi, J. N. K. From Liberation to Reconstruction: African Christian Theology after the Cold War. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1995.

O’Donovan, Wilbur. Biblical Christianity in African Perspective. Carlisle, Cumbria, UK: Paternoster, 1995.

Parratt, John. Reinventing Christianity: African Theology Today. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Gibellini, Rosino, ed. Paths of African Theology. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1994.

Hastings, Adrian. The Church in Africa: 1450-1950. Oxford: Clarendon, 1994.

Ndiokwere, Nathaniel I. The African Church, Today and Tomorrow. Onitsha, Nigeria: Effective Key, 1994.

Oosthuizen, G. C., M. C. Kitshoff, and S. W. D. Dube eds. Afro-Christianity at the Grassroots: Its Dynamics and Strategies. Studies of Religion in Africa. Leiden: Brill, 1994.

Peter, C. B. “African Hyphenated Christians – an Alternate Model of Theologizing in Africa.” Nordic Journal of African Studies 3, no. 1 (1994).

Sindima, Harvey J. Drums of Redemption: An Introduction to African Christianity. Contributions to the study of religion 35. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1994.

Tesfai, Yacob, ed. The Scandal of a Crucified World: Perspectives on the Cross and Suffering. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1994.

Waruta, D. W., and H. W. Kinoti, eds. Pastoral Care in African Christianity: Challenging Essays in Pastoral Theology. Nairobi: Acton, 1994.

van der Walt, B. J. The Liberating Message: A Christian worldview for Africa. Potchefstroom, South Africa: Institute for Reformational Studies, 1994.

Blakely, Thomas D., Walter E. A. van Beek, and Dennis L. Thomson, eds. Religion in Africa: Experience and Expression. London: James Currey, 1994.

Booth, Newell S. Jr. “Time and African Beliefs Revisited.” Pages 83-94 in Religious Plurality in Africa: Essays in Honour of John S. Mbiti. Edited by Jacob K. Olupona and Sulayman S. Nyang. Religion and Society 32. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1993.

Martey, Emmanuel. African Theology: Inculturation and Liberation. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1993.

Manus, Ukachukwu Chris. Christ, the African King: New Testament Christology. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1993.

Nyimi, Modest Malu. Inversion Culturelle et Déplacement de la Pratique Chrétienne Africaine: Préface à Une Théologie Périphérique. Kerk en Theologie in Context – Église et Théologie dans Leurs Contexts 24. Kampen: Uitgeverij Kok, 1993.

Olupona, Jacob K. and Sulayman S. Nyang, eds. Religious Plurality in Africa: Essays in Honour of John S. Mbiti. Religion and Society 32. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1993.

Turaki, Yusufu. The British Colonial Legacy in Northern Nigeria: A Social Ethical Analysis of the Colonial and Post-Colonial Society and Politics in Nigeria. Nigeria?: Turaki, 1993.

Turaki, Yusufu. An Introduction to the History of SIM/ECWA in Nigeria, 1893-1993. Nigeria?: Y. Turaki, 1993.

Young, Josiah U., III. African Theology: A Critical Analysis and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood, 1993.

Bujo, Bénézet. African Theology in Its Social Context. Nairobi: St. Paul – Africa, 1992.

Bediako, Kwame. Theology and Identity: The Impact of Culture upon Christian Thought in the Second Century and in Modern Africa. Oxford: Regnum, 1992.

Bediako, Kwame. Theology and Identity: The Impact of Culture upon Christian Thought in the Second Century and in Modern Africa. Regnum Studies in Missions. Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana: Regnum, 1999 [1992].

Bujo, Bénézet. African Theology in the 21st Century: The Contribution of the Pioneers. Nairobi: Paulines – Africa, 1992.

Gifford, Paul. New Dimensions of African Christianity. Nairobi: AACC, 1992.

Kisare, Mosi. Meeting the Future II: A Guide to Rethinking African Churches’ Involvement in Development. Nairobi, Kenya: All Africa Conference of Churches, Research and Development Consultancy Service, 1992.

Oduyoye, Mercy Amba and Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro, eds. The will to Arise: Women, Tradition, and the Church in Africa. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1992.

Pobee, John S., ed. Exploring Afro-Christology. Frankford: Peter Lang, 1992.

Pobee, John S. Skenosis: Christian Faith in an African Context. Gweru, Zimbabwe: Mambo, 1992.

Kisare, Mosi.  Meeting the Future: A Guide to Rethinking African Churches Involvement in Development. Nairobi, Kenya: All Africa Conference of Churches, Research and Development Consultancy Service, 1991.

Schreiter, Robert J., ed. Faces of Jesus in Africa. Faith and Culture. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1991.

Stine, Philip C. and Ernst R. Wendland, eds. Bridging the Gap: African Traditional Religion and Bible Translation. UBS Monograph Series 4. New York: United Bible Societies, 1990.

Mugambi, J. N. K. and Laurenti Magesa, eds. The Church in African Christianity: Innovative Essays in Ecclesiology. African Christianity. Nairobi: Initiatives, 1990.

Bujo, Bénézet. African Christian Morality at the Age of Inculturation. Nairobi: St. Paul – Africa, 1990.

Moreau, A. Scott. The World of Spirits: A Biblical Study in the African Context. Nairobi: Evangel, 1990.

Muzorewa, Gwinyai H. An African Theology of Mission. Lewiston, N.Y.: Mellen, 1990.

Hastings, Adrian. African Catholicism: Essays in Discovery. London: SCM, 1989.

Sanneh, Lamin. Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture. American Society of Missiology Series 13. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1989.

Mugambi, J. N. K. and Laurenti Magesa, eds. Jesus in African Christianity: Experimentation and Diversity in African Christology. African Christianity. Nairobi: Initiatives, 1989.

Mugambi, J. N. K. The African Heritage and Contemporary Christianity. Nairobi: Longman Kenya, 1989.

Mugambi, J. N. K. African Chrisistian Theology: An Introduction. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1989.

Sarpong, Peter. African Theology: A Simple Description. Accra: Cabo Publications, 1988.

Parratt, John, ed. A Reader in African Christian Theology. London: SPCK, 1987.

Amirtham, Samuel, and John S Pobee, eds. Theology by the People: Reflections on Doing Theology in Community. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1986.

Ela, Jean-Marc. African Cry. Translated by Robert R. Barr. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1986.

Ela, Jean-Marc. My Faith as an African. Translated by John Pairman Brown and Susan Perry. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1986.

Imasogie, Osadolor. Guidelines for Christian Theology in Africa. University Press, 1986.

King, Noel Q. African Cosmos: An Introduction to Religion in Africa. Belmont, Calif: Wadsworth, 1986.

Mbiti, John S. Bible and Theology in African Christianity. Nairobi: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Oduyoye, Mercy. Hearing and Knowing: Theological Reflections on Christianity in Africa. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1986.

Pobee, John S., and Carl F. Hallencreutz eds. Variations in Christian Theology in Africa. Nairobi: Uzima, 1986.

Kato, Byang Henry. Biblical Christianity in Africa: a Collection of Papers and Addresses. Achimota, Ghana: Africa Christian, 1985.

Muzorewa, Gwinyai H. The Origins & Development of African Theology. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1985.

Eboussi Boulaga, F. Christianity Without Fetishes: An African Critique and Recapture of Christianity. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1984.

Nyamiti, Charles. Christ Our Ancestor: Christology from an African Perspective. Mambo Occasional Papers – Missio-Pastoral 11. Gweru, Zimbabwe: Mambo, 1984.

Taryor, Nya Kwiawon. Impact of the African Tradition on African Christianity. Chicago: Strugglers’ Community, 1984.

Ukpong, Justin S. African Theologies Now: A Profile. Eldoret, Kenya: Gaba (AMECEA), 1984.

Dickson, Kwesi. Theology in Africa. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1984.

Mofokeng, Takatso Alfred. The Crucified among the Crossbearers: Towards a Black Christology. Kampen: Kok, 1983.

Pheko, S. E. M. The Early Church in Africa (1-7 Century) and Today. Lusaka, Zambia: Multimedia Publications, 1982.

Appiah-Kubi, Kofi,. Man Cures, God Heals: Religion and Medical Practice Among the Akans of Ghana. Totowa, N.J.: Allanheld, Osmun, 1981.

Boulaga, F. Eboussi. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1984. Translated by Robert R. Barr. Translation of Christianism Sans Fétiche. Paris: Editions Présence Africaine, 1981.

Appiah-Kubi, Kofi and Sergio Torres, eds. African Theology en Route. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1979.

Zahan, Dominique. The Religion, Spirituality, and Thought of Traditional Africa. Translated by Kate Ezra and Lawrence M. Martin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Zuesse, Evan M. Ritual Cosmos: Sanctification of Life in African Religions. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1985 [1979].

Mbiti, John. “The Biblical Basis for Present Trends in African Theology.” African Theology en Route. Edited by Kofi Appiah-Kubi and Sergio Torres, Sergio. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1979.

Hastings, Adrian. A History of African Christianity, 1950-1975. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.

Pobee, John S. Toward an African Theology. Nashville: Abingdon, 1979.

Kanyoro, Musimbi R. A. and Nyambura J. Njoroge. Groaning in Faith: African Women in the Household of God. Nairobi: Acton, 1976.

Kato, Byang H. African Cultural Revolution and the Christian Faith. Jos, Nigeria: Challenge, 1976.

Hastings, Adrian. African Christianity: An Essay in Interpretation. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1976.

Mbiti, John S. Prayers of African Religion. London: SPCK, 1975.

Mbiti, John S. Introduction to African Religion. London: Heinemann, 1975.

Kato, Byang H. Theological Pitfalls in Africa. Kisumi, Kenya: Evangel, 1975.

McVeigh, Malcolm J. God in Africa: Conceptions of God in African Traditional Religion and Christianity. Cape Cod, Mass: Claude Stark, 1974.

Parrinder, Edward Geoffrey. African Traditional Religion. London: Sheldon, 1974.

Hastings, Adrian. Wiriyamu. London: Search, 1974.

Idowu, E. Bolaji. African Traditional Religion: A Definition. London: SCM Press, 1973.

Hastings, Adrian. Christian Marriage in Africa. London: SPCK, 1973.

Shorter, Aylward. African Culture and the Christian Church: An Introduction to Social and Pastoral Anthropology. London: G. Chapman, 1973.

Timothy, Bankole. Missionary Shepherds and African Sheep: How Does Christianity as Preached and Practised by Europe and America Appear to Africans? Ibadan: Daystar, 1971.

Mbiti, John S. New Testament Eschatology in an African Background. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971.

Mbiti, John S. Concepts of God in Africa. London: SPCK, 1970.

Dickson, Kwesi A. and Paul Ellingsworth. Biblical Revelation and African Beliefs. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis, 1969.

Mbiti, John S. African Religions and Philosophy. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 2002 [1969].

Hastings, Adrian. Church and Mission in Modern Africa. New York: Fordham University Press, 1967.

Evans-Prichard, E. E. Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande. Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 [1937].

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Kalu, Ogbu. African Pentecostalism: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

—. Clio in a Sacred Garb: Essays on Christian Presence and African Responses, 1900-2000. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World, 2008.

Kalu, Ogbu U. African Christianity. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World, 2007.

Katongole, Emmanuel. The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.

Kunhiyop, Samuel Waje. African Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids: Hippo Books, 2008.

Mbano, Dunstan M. Ecclesiological Trends in the Catholic and Protestant Churches and Their Significance for the Church in Africa: A Study of Selected Texts. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2008.

Mukonyora, Isabel. Wandering a Gendered Wilderness: Suffering & Healing in an African Initiated Church. New York: P. Lang, 2007.

Oden, Thomas C. How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2008.

Orobator, Agbonkhianmeghe E. Theology Brewed in an African Pot. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2008.

Ranger, Terence O., ed. Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Stinton, Diane B., ed. African Theology on the Way. London: SPCK, 2010. 

10 thoughts on “African Christianity (by date)

  1. rocio says:

    si tubieran, pequeños resumenes seria mejor, yo busco informacion cristologica, del continente Africano, y no la puedo encontrar vale.

  2. Ben says:

    True, small abstracts would be better . . . some day hopefully I can add that. The pdf link above does have abstracts. As far as Christology, you may wish to start with Diane Stinton’s book, Jesus of Africa. 2004. Her bibliography will point you in the right direction.

  3. Hello Ben,
    I see you already have a book by Lamin Sanneh. I found another book of his, Whose Christianity Is It? amazing. It contains this statement (and I paraphrase): Christianity has ‘taken’ only in African culture that have a native name for God.
    Blessings on your work
    Gerhard

  4. Ben says:

    Thanks Gerhard. I have the book and have added it; (not sure how it slipped through). Bediako often made the point that God was already present and active in these cultures just waiting to be recognized in a new way. As you have noted, Sanneh unpacks this pretty well in this valuable little engaging book.

  5. […] bibliography for African Christianity or (by date) or the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (e.g. Musa Dube, Nyambura Njoroge, Mercy […]

  6. masimdumisene says:

    Ben, I’m sure this is a difficult suggestion to ask for, but if someone were to read only 1 title on African Theology, which would you recommend? Thank-you.

    Donovan

    • Ben says:

      That is an unfair question ;-).
      1. I’m a relatively new student to theology done in the African context, so I haven’t even read most of the important works on African theology.
      2. Even with what I have read, it would depend on you, your background, where you are coming from, and what you want to do with it.

      I like to start, not with Christian theology in Africa per se, but looking more at the traditional African religious context. An old classic but simple intro text is John S. Mbiti’s Introduction to African Religion (1975). I like Laurenti Magesa, African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life (1997).

      When it comes to Christian theology done in the African context, you can get an overview of different pioneers in African theology from Bénézet Bujo and Juvénal Ilunga Muya, eds. African Theology in the 21st Century: The Contribution of the Pioneers. Vol. 1 and 2 (so far).

      For something on the concept of African theology, I like Kwame Bediako’s Theology and Identity: The Impact of Culture upon Christian Thought in the Second Century and in Modern Africa (Oxford: Regnum, 1992) because he likens the process of doing African theology to what the early church fathers were doing in translating the gospel into Greek thought forms. Bediako is brilliant, but he can be heavy going at times.

      Then are some other great books in this list specifically addressing African Theology, but like I said, I’m just starting this journey, so maybe someone else can give a better recommendation.

      • masimdumisene says:

        Thanks so much, brother – I’ll check them out! Blessings…

        Donovan

      • Ben says:

        If you let me know what some of your specific interests are, I might be able to give you a more specific recommendation

      • masimdumisene says:

        Well, the plan is to plug into a multi-racial church in Pretoria, South Africa, and work with a ministry that helps South African churches minister to refugees and orphans. I’m a South African who has been in the US for a few years. Despite my upbringing in SA, there’s a lot I don’t know about traditional African religion and worldview, and I know it’d be helpful to learn more about it if I want to effectively minister to and disciple Africans who don’t have my more western background. Thanks, brother!

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