Religion in africa is multifaceted most africans adhere to either christianity or islammany adherents of either religion also practice african traditional religions, with traditions of folk religion]or syncretism practised alongside an adherent's christianity or islam. Christianhistoryinstituteorg. Age breakdown of christians in sub-saharan africa, 2010 ag e 0-14 ag 1 5- 9 age 60+ median age for christians in sub-saharan did africa is you know 19 years source: pew research center, the future of world religions: population growth projections, 2010-2050, released april 2, 2015.
The vast majority of people in many sub-saharan african nations are deeply committed to the practices and major tenets of one or the other of the world's two largest religions, christianity and islam. Note: citations are based on reference standards however, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. African religions, religious beliefs and practices of the peoples of africait should be noted that any attempt to generalize about the nature of african religions risks wrongly implying that there is homogeneity among all african cultures. Key names, locations, and terms thesis africa has played a decisive role in the formation of christian culture from its infancy decisive intellectual achievements of christianity were explored and understood first in africa before they were recognized in europe, and a millennium before modern north america.
Perspectives how christianity is growing around the world by charles colson breakpoint ministry cbncom--in his book the clash of civilizations, samuel huntington predicts that demographics will decide the clash between christianity and islam. Africans and african descendents working in the early modern atlantic commercial system were exposed to the world of european christianity as early as the fifteenth century, when portuguese. Religious population : muslim population visit: www muslimpopu africa religious population in 2016 (in million. Under the christian umbrella, there are at least as many denominations as there are fish in the sea this middle-eastern born faith is unrivalled in its predominance worldwide with three major continents, plus half of africa reporting christian majorities.
Christianity was a double-edged sword [for african-americans], says dr lawrence h mamiya, professor of religion and africana studies at vassar college and co-author of the black church in the. Christianity in west africa quick reference the first europeans arrived on the coast of w africa at the end of the 15th cent, but for the most part they were involved in the slave trade rather than in evangelization. What happens in africa is very unlikely to stay in africa the astonishing growth of christians there means that africans comprise an ever-larger share of virtually all of the world's religious denominations. A history of christianity in africa: from antiquity to the present [elizabeth isichei] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this unprecedented work is the first one-volume study of the history of christianity in africa.
Mission station christianity is an engaging text filled with intriguing insight into how 'being christian' in a colonial border region of southern africa was communicated through contests over space. Christianity, major religion, stemming from the life, teachings, and death of jesus of nazareth (the christ, or the anointed one of god) in the 1st century ceit has become the largest of the world's religions and, geographically, the most widely diffused of all faiths. Christianity is experiencing more rapid growth in africa than anywhere else on the planet, including asia and latin america in 1910 less than 10% of africans identified as christians, whereas today 55% of the population is christian. Christianity and africa africa is one of the largest and most populous continents in the world, as well as the birthplace of humanity christianity is the world's largest religion, practiced by. Christianity, the faith of almost three-quarters of the diverse south african population, has long been pushed to the margins of historical writing on south africa, yet for more than two centuries it has shaped south african society and its diverse subcultures.
As a student of african culture and politics, i was aware of christianity's striking, yet totally unexpected, growth in postcolonial africa i was also aware of some of the distinct forms it began taking early on, especially among independent churches. Though christianity began in the middle east-north africa, today that region has both the lowest concentration of christians (about 4% of the region's population) and the smallest number of christians (about 13 million) of any major geographic region. South africa has a rich christian israelite history indeed, god even specifically mentions that his people israel will be found in the southern parts of africa in the last days. History of christianity in africa summary the christian evangelical message reached africa centuries before it became known in america, australasia, the far east and.
Timeline: christianity in africa using information provided in the text and on the map christianity in africa , fill in the following important events and the dates when they occurred expansion of african independent churches throughout africa. I am not an expert on christianity in africa, although i have visited lagos twice i believe you will have to look at the history of the continent of africa itself especially sub-saharan africa what was the history of the continent before the advent of christianity.
No claims are made regarding the accuracy of south africa the arrival of christianity information contained here all suggestions for corrections of any errors about south africa the arrival of christianity should be addressed to the library of congress and the cia. The history of christianity in africa probably began during the earthly ministry of jesus christ, two thousand years ago the new testament of the bible mentions several events in which africans were witnesses to the life of christ and the ministry of the apostles. Of christianity in most of africa before the nineteenth century the second half of the course investigates christianity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when africa once again became a central part of global christianity. Christian research institute our mission: to provide christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith and equip them to intelligently represent it to people influenced by ideas and teachings that assault or undermine orthodox, biblical christianity.