AAS 206 - Issues in African Studies
Section: 001 African Christianities
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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AAS 111.
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(African Studies).
May not be repeated for credit.
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The end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st were marked by a shift in the center of gravity of Christianity from Europe and North America to the global south: sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. By 2005, 389 million of the world’s 2.1 billion Christians were to be found in Africa. Yet Christianity in Africa is not a monolithic phenomenon. There are multiple histories of its emergence across the continent and its doctrines have been translated into a variety of expressive forms. Here, we can think of Africanized iterations of Roman Catholicism, Protestant Christianity, and Pentecostalism, but we can also think of indigenous African Christianities developed by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and African Independent Churches (AICs). Despite being shaped by local conditions, African Christianities extend their reach globally, forcing reconsiderations of both theology and doctrine in the old centers of the faith. Further, African immigrants and “reverse-missionaries” carry their understandings of the faith with them to North America and Europe. Our task in this class is to pay attention to the various histories of Christianity in Africa and the expressive forms that have emerged in response to particular circumstances. We are also tasked with discerning the social and political implications of Christianity’s adaptation to the interests of African congregations.

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AAS 206 - Issues in African Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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