Englund (ed.), “Christianity and Public Culture in Africa”

Christianity and Public Culture in Africa is an edited volume published by Ohio University Press, edited by Harry Englund with contributions from: Harry Englund, James Pritchett, Marja Hinfelaar, Nicholas Kamau-Goro, Barbara Cooper, Ruth Prince, Damaris Parsitau, Birgit Meyer, Ilana Van Wyk, and Michael Perry & Kewku Okyerefo.

Christianity and Public Culture in Africa takes readers beyond familiar images of religious politicians and populations steeped in spirituality. It shows how critical reason and Christian convictions have combined in surprising ways as African Christians confront issues such as national constitutions, gender relations, and the continuing struggle with HIV/AIDS.

The wide-ranging essays included here explore rural Africa and the continent’s major cities, colonial and missionary legacies, and mass media images in the twenty-first century. They also reveal the diversity of Pentecostalism in Africa and highlight the region’s remarkable denominational diversity. Scholars and students alike will find these essays timely and impressive.

The contributors demonstrate how the public significance of Christianity varies across time and place. They explore rural Africa and the continent’s major cities, and colonial and missionary situations, as well as mass-mediated ideas and images in the twenty-first century. They also reveal the plurality of Pentecostalism in Africa and keep in view the continent’s continuing denominational diversity. Students and scholars will find these topical studies to be impressive in scope.

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