A History of African Christianity 1950-1975 by Adrian Hastings
By Adrian Hastings
The church buildings in Africa most likely represent crucial progress zone for Christianity within the moment half the 20 th century. From being a couple of really tightly managed 'mission fields' zealously guarded through the nice missionary societies, Catholic and Protestant, they've got emerged around the final many years in bewildering style to selfhood, a club of shut on 100 million adherents and an influential position either inside their very own societies and on the planet Church. This e-book surveys the heritage of Christianity all through sub-Saharan Africa through the 3rd region of this century. It starts off in 1950 at a time while the church buildings have been nonetheless for the main half emphatically a part of the colonial order and it takes the tale on from there around the coming of political independence and the changes of the Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies.
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Dissidence could take many forms in which religious expectation and political protest were almost inextricably mixed; yet however purely religious their devotees might think some of them, the Belgian authorities proscribed them all. 42 Whatever it was, it was to be banned. So when, again in 1949, the Angolan Simao Toco, a former Baptist teacher who had been living in the lower Congo, founded his own Pentecostal church, he too was at once arrested with a large crowd of his followers and on 10 January 1950 handed over at the frontier to the Portuguese authorities.
The most consistent and powerful witness to the rights of man, regardless of colour, to be found within the institutional leadership of the church came at this time from Geoffrey Clayton. He had been Anglican bishop of Johannesburg since 1934 until becoming Archbishop of Cape Town in 1948. It could be argued that in 1948 the Anglican archbishopric of Cape Town was, at least potentially, the most influential ecclesiastical position on the whole continent, and in Clayton the church had appointed a man of immense ability and experience, clarity of intelligence and sureness of touch.
On the Speaker's right is the Governor-General in full uniform. On the Speaker's left is the Bishop of Mombasa in Convocation robes. In those days the boundaries of Mombasa coincided with the political territory of Kenya. 22 And so is the very location of the Bishop of Mombasa's residence in Nairobi - immediately outside the gates of Government House. By and large, however, in British Africa, at least outside the most strongly Muslim areas, all the mainline churches tended to stand in a position of considerable colonial privilege, sharing in the subsidising of their educational and medical work.