Sociological perspective on Christianity in Africa

This essay is concerned with some of the typological formulations about differential orientations to Christian religion in western countries, and the possible applicability of these typologies to the African religious situation. It is found that the Africa religious and cultural background does not lend itself easily to studies of mutually exclusive typologies expect only ideal-typically; and that sociologists and missionary are obliged to contend seriously with the multivariate nature of the material into which they seek an insight. But essentially this study of the contemporary Christian scene in Africa reveals a complex of feature which have given rise to its present sectarian phenomenon. None of these features can be isolated as the most important, nor can it be claimed that all the significant elements involved in sectarian Christian religiosity have been delineated. A few of these factors are itemized. Ref.

Title: Sociological perspective on Christianity in Africa
Author: Assimeng, Max
Year: 1971
Periodical: Ghana Social Science Journal
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
Pages: 43-53
Language: English
Geographic term: Subsaharan Africa
Subject: Christianity
Abstract: This essay is concerned with some of the typological formulations about differential orientations to Christian religion in western countries, and the possible applicability of these typologies to the African religious situation. It is found that the Africa religious and cultural background does not lend itself easily to studies of mutually exclusive typologies expect only ideal-typically; and that sociologists and missionary are obliged to contend seriously with the multivariate nature of the material into which they seek an insight. But essentially this study of the contemporary Christian scene in Africa reveals a complex of feature which have given rise to its present sectarian phenomenon. None of these features can be isolated as the most important, nor can it be claimed that all the significant elements involved in sectarian Christian religiosity have been delineated. A few of these factors are itemized. Ref.