Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Center for the Study of Global Christianity

by Kenneth R. Ross / J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu / Todd M. Johnson

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Retail: $39.95
Size: 7 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Pub Date: January 2020
ISBN: 9781683072867
ISBN-13: 9781683072867
Item Number: 072867
Categories: Church History; Religion and Culture

Product Description

Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa is a comprehensive reference volume that covers key facts and analyses on every country in Sub-Saharan Africa, offering reliable demographic information and original interpretative essays by indigenous scholars and practitioners. It maps patterns of growth and decline, assesses major traditions and movements, analyzes key themes, and examines current trends.

This is the paperback version of volume 1, of a 10-volume series, and it’s ideal for anyone studying African Christianity. It includes essays examining each of the major Christian traditions (Anglicans, Independents, Orthodox, Protestants, Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Pentecostals/Charismatics), as well as key themes such as faith and culture, worship and spirituality, theology, social and political engagement, mission and evangelism, religious freedom, interfaith relations, slavery, anthropology of evil, and migration.

Key points and features:
• A handy reference book and affordable paperback that explores Christianity in every country in Sub-Saharan Africa, with clearly presented statistical and demographic information
• Analyses of leading features and current trends are written by indigenous scholars
• Includes essays exploring key themes such as worship and spirituality, social and political engagement, slavery, theology, and more
• The standard handbook on African Christianity


“This is a massive volume and a veritable treasure trove of facts and analyses on African Christianity. . . . The book combines hard statistical data with analyses by critical insiders of African Christianity and the style is informative and very user-friendly. . . . It will become the standard handbook on African Christianity.”

—Mika Vähäkangas, Lund University, Professor of Church and Mission Studies

“A useful and valuable resource for studying African Christianity. The fact that most of the contributions were written by eminent African scholars reinforces the book's significance and standing.”

—Martha Frederiks, Utrecht University, head of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

“A very usable and comprehensive overview of Christianity in Africa for scholars to keep on their shelves for easy consultation. The volume's approachability, recognized authority of individual chapter authors, and clear language also makes it a needed reference for any university library. Each chapter includes a bibliography, giving students a trail to follow to find more information about the topic they are researching.”

—Dianna Bell, University of Cape Town, Journal of Religion in Africa

Author Bios

Kenneth Ross, formerly Professor of Theology at the University of Malawi, has also served as General Secretary of the Church of Scotland Board of World Mission. Over the last three decades he has published extensively on Global Christianity. Currently he is parish minister at Netherlorn in Argyll, Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University School of Divinity, and Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen''s New Year Honours in 2016. His books include Gospel Ferment in Malawi: Theological Essays (1995) and Here Comes Your King! Christ, Church and Nation in Malawi (1998).

J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu is Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the Baëta-Grau Professor of Contemporary African Christianity and Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana. He has served as Visiting Scholar to Harvard University; Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota; the Overseas Center for Mission Studies, New Haven; and Asbury Seminary, in Kentucky. He is author of Contemporary Pentecostal Christianity: Interpretations from an African Context (2013) and African Charismatics: Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana (2005). He is co-editor of Pentecostal Mission and Global Christianity (2014) and Babel is Everywhere! Migrant Readings from Africa, Europe and Asia (2013).

Todd M. Johnson is Associate Professor of Global Christianity and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. He is Associate Faculty at Boston University''s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs, leading a research project on international religious demography. He has published encyclopedias, atlases, databases, monographs, and scholarly articles on counting religionists around the world. Todd M. Johnson is also Research Fellow in the Study of Global Christianity and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the co-author (with David Barrett and George T. Kurian) of the second edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) and World Christian Trends (2001). He is editor of the World Christian Database (2007) located at