African Christianity – New books

This month our library added the following volume to its collection: Ross, Kenneth R., Asamoah-Gyadu, J. Kwabena and Johnson, Todd M., editors (2017) Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa (Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity) Edinburgh University Press. One of the editors, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, from Trinity Theological Seminary in Ghana, is a friend of the Centre and has visited us in the past.

This large volume is the first in an exciting new series entitled ‘Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity’ by Edinburgh University Press, who describe the new series in the following way:

“This series of reference volumes comprehensively maps worldwide Christianity, describing it in its entirety. Each volume covers a continent and offers country-specific studies as well as examining regional and continental trends. Through a combination of maps, tables, charts and graphs a full demographic analysis is provided, while original essays explore key topics and trends.” — Edinburgh University Press

Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa has chapters focusing on individual countries across this region of Africa, followed by chapters on major Christian traditions, and key themes, which include faith and culture, worship and spirituality, theology, social and political context, mission and evangelism, gender, religious freedom, inter-religious relations, the Bible in African Christianity, the anthropology of evil and migration. The conclusion looks to the future of Christianity in this region of Africa.

Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of Mission and World Christianity, Yale Divinity School, writes:

“This useful reference guide to the profile of Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa is a reminder of the important religious and cultural shifts that have transformed the continent in very recent times and helps us keep our finger on the pulse of future changes.” — Lamin Sanneh

It is unsurprising that Edinburgh University Press have taken a lead in publishing this series on world Christianity since Edinburgh is the location of the highly-regarded Centre for the Study of World Christianity which continues to make a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge in the study of world Christianity through interdisciplinary research, teaching and publication.

Our current director, Dr Emma Wild-Wood, has been newly appointed Senior Lecturer in African Christianity and African Indigenous Religions there, and takes up the post on 1 January 2018.

The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide library continues to seek purchases of high quality in the field of mission studies and Christianity in the non-western world. If you have any recommendations, do email me.

Ruth MacLean



Kenneth R. Ross, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu and Todd M. Johnson, editors (2017) Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa (Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity series) Edinburgh University Press


Edward Coode Hore, edited by James B. Wolf (1970,71) Missionary to Tanganyika 1877-1888 : the writings of Edward Coode Hore Frank Cass & Co. Ltd, Gift of Professor John Iliffe

Robert Pickering Ashe (1971) Chronicles of Uganda Frank Cass & Co. Ltd, Gift of Professor John Iliffe

Ngwabi Bhebe (1979) Christianity and traditional religion in Western Zimbabwe 1859-1923 Longman, Gift of Professor John Iliffe

David B. Barrett, George K. Mambo, Janice McLaughlin, Malcolm J. McVeigh, editors (1973) Kenya churches handbook : the development of Kenyan Christianity, 1498-1973 Evangel Publishing House, Gift of Professor John Iliffe

Owen Chadwick (1975) The secularization of the European mind in the nineteenth century Cambridge University Press, Gift of Professor John Iliffe

Godfrey Sieber (1995) The Benedictines of Inkamana EOS Verlag, Gift of Professor John Iliffe

Holger Bernt Hansen (1984) Mission, church and state in a colonial setting : Uganda 1890-1925 Heinemann, Gift of Professor John Iliffe

World Council of Churches; P.C. Rodger and L. Vischer, editors (1964) The fourth World Conference on Faith and Order. (Faith and order paper no. 42) SCM Press Ltd, Gift of Westcott House, CTF

World Council of Churches (1975) Uniting in hope : reports and documents from the meeting of the Faith and Order Commission. (Faith and order paper no. 72) Commission on Faith and Order, World Council of Churches, Gift of Westcott House, CTF

World Council of Churches; William H. Lazareth (1982,83) Growing together in baptism, eucharist and ministry : a study guide (Faith and order paper no. 114) World Council of Churches, Gift of Westcott House, CTF

David M. Paton, editor (1976) Breaking barriers, Nairobi 1975 : the official report of the fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Nairobi, 23 November – 10 December, 1975 William B. Eerdmans, Gift of Westcott House, CTF

Alan Falconer, editor (1998) Faith and Order in Moshi : the 1996 Commission Meeting (Faith and order paper no. 177) WCC Publications, Gift of Westcott House, CTF

Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland (1994) Returning pilgrims : insights from British and Irish participants in the fifth World Faith and Order Conference, Santiago de Compostela, 3-14 August 1993 CCBI, Gift of Westcott House, CTF

Elizabeth Isichei, editor (1982) Varieties of Christian experience in Nigeria The Macmillan Press Ltd, Gift of Professor John Iliffe

John Lawrence (1961) The hard facts about unity : a layman looks at the ecumenical movement SCM Press Ltd, Gift of Westcott House, CTF

Joint Commission on Church Union (1963) The church = its nature, function and ordering : Part one being the second report of the Joint Commission on church union set up by the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia, and the Presbyterian Church of Australia. Part two being the proposed basis of union for these churches Aldersgate Press, Gift of Westcott House, CTF