WRITING THE HISTORY OF AFRICAN CHRISTIANITY: REFLECTIONS OF AN EDITOR 1 by DAVID MAXWELL (University of Keele) ABSTRACT This article reviews the literature on African Christian Studies from the 1990s onwards and suggests new directions for research. The ﬁ eld has drawn great impe- tus from a series of historical/anthropological debates over conversion and the rel- ative signi ﬁ cance of missionary imperial hegemony and African agency. But there is a great need for work on twentieth-century missionaries and their contribution to colonial science. And there are too few studies of African leaders within mis- sion churches, particularly in the era of decolonisation. Research on Pentecostalism has ﬂ ourished but needs to be historicised. New areas for research are: African Christian diaspora and its impact on host communities; the impact of develop- ment and human rights agendas on the church; the e ﬀ ects of the AIDS pandemic. As the African Church becomes a more prominent part of World Christianity, scholars need to assess how African moral sensibilities are recasting the theology and politics of the historic mission churches. To mark Adrian Hastings’s retirement as editor in 1999, the Journal of Religion in Africa (30.1, 2000) published his
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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