African Christian Studies, 1967-1999: Reflections of an Editor

The author, editor emeritus of the ‘Journal of Religion in Africa’, presents a bibliographical essay on African Christian studies covering the period 1967-1999. He discusses books published in this period, as well as articles which appeared in the ‘Journal’, and he sketches trends in African Christian studies. Between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s research in African Christian studies focused on Independent Churches and new religious movements. During the 1980s, this topic began to lose its attraction, and was supplemented or replaced by a renewed concern for the mission-founded churches, both their past history and their present experience. The scholarship of the 1990s has been enriched by a multitude of major themes – Church-State relations, Pentecostalism, Christian-Islamic relations, missionary history and the AIC (African Independent Churches) diaspora.

Title: African Christian Studies, 1967-1999: Reflections of an Editor
Author: Hastings, Adrian
Year: 2000
Periodical: Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Pages: 30-44
Language: English
Geographic term: Africa
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581621
Abstract: The author, editor emeritus of the ‘Journal of Religion in Africa’, presents a bibliographical essay on African Christian studies covering the period 1967-1999. He discusses books published in this period, as well as articles which appeared in the ‘Journal’, and he sketches trends in African Christian studies. Between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s research in African Christian studies focused on Independent Churches and new religious movements. During the 1980s, this topic began to lose its attraction, and was supplemented or replaced by a renewed concern for the mission-founded churches, both their past history and their present experience. The scholarship of the 1990s has been enriched by a multitude of major themes – Church-State relations, Pentecostalism, Christian-Islamic relations, missionary history and the AIC (African Independent Churches) diaspora.