How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity

ISBN-10: 0830837051

ISBN-13: 9780830837052

Edition: N/A

Authors: Thomas C. Oden

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Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 8/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Toward a Half Billion African Christians
An Epic Story
Out of Africa
The Pivotal Place of Africa on the Ancient Map
Two Rivers: The Nile and the Medjerda-Seedbed of Early Christian Thought
Affirming Oral and Written Traditions
Self-Effacement and the Recovery of Dignity
The Missing Link: The Early African Written Intellectual Tradition
Why Africa Has Seemed to the West to Lack Intellectual History
The African Seedbed of Western Christianity
A Forgotten Story
Who Can Tell It?
Pilgrimage Sites Neglected
Under Sands: The Burial of Ancient Christian Texts and Basilicas
Seven Ways Africa Shaped the Christian Mind
How the Western Idea of a University Was Born in the Crucible of Africa
How Christian Exegesis of Scripture First Matured in Africa
How African Sources Shaped Early Christian Dogma
How Early Ecumenical Decision Making Followed African Conciliar Patterns
How the African Desert Gave Birth to Worldwide Monasticism
How Christian Neoplatonism Emerged in Africa
How Rhetorical and Dialectical Skills Were Honed in Africa for Europe's Use
Interlude: Harnack's Folly
Defining Africa
Establishing the Indigenous Depth of Early African Christianity
The Stereotyping of African Hellenism as Non African
Scientific Inquiry into the Ethnicity of Early African Christian Writers
The Purveyors of Myopia
The African Seedbed Hypothesis Requires Textual Demonstration
A Case in Point: The Circuitous Path from Africa to Ireland to Europe and Then Back to Africa
A Caveat Against Afrocentric Exaggeration
One Faith, Two Africas
The Hazards of Bridge Building
The Challenge of Reconciliation of Black Africa and North Africa
The Roots of the Term Africa
Overcoming the Ingrained Lack of Awareness
Excommunicating the North
Arguing for African Unity
Defining �Early African Christianity� as a Descriptive Category of a Period of History
How African Is the Nile Valley?
Tilted Historical Predispositions
The Catholic Limits of Afrocentrism
Ignoring African Sources
The Cost of Forgetfulness
Overlooking African Voices in Scripture
How Protestants Can Celebrate the Apostolic Charisma of the Copts
The Christian Ancestry of Africa
African Orthodox Recovery
The Opportunity for Retrieval
Surviving Modernity
The Steadiness of African On Orthodoxy
The New African Ecumenism
Pruning Undisciplined Excesses
Burning Away the Acids of Moral Relativism
Orthodoxy Global and African
Historic Christian Multiculturalism
Refraining Modern Ecumenics within Classic Ecumenics
How the Blood of African Martyrs Became the Seed of European Christianity
Whether Classic Christian Teaching Is Defined by Power
How the History of African Martyrdom Shaped Christian Views of Universal History
Recalling the Exodus as an African Event
Amassing the Evidence
The Challenge of Young Africa
Right Remembering
Remembering the Scripture Rightly Through the Spirit
The Heart of African Orthodoxy
Transcending Material Worldliness
Avoiding Racial Definitions of Apostolic Truth
Seeking the Reconciliation of Christianity and Islam Through Historical Insight
The Risks Scholars Take
Conjointly Studying the History of Islam and Christianity
The Rigorous language Requirements of African Research
Learning from Primary Sources
A Personal Challenge
Appendix: The Challenges of Early African Research
Three Aims of Future Research
The Precedent
The Scope
The African Center of the International Consortium
The Consortium of Scholars
Assembling the Pieces of the Puzzle
Academic Leadership
Maximizing Digital Technologies
Publishing Outcomes
Literary Chronology of Christianity in Africa in the First Millennium
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