Fall 2011

Whose Islam? Which Christianity?
Africa's Religious Landscape

Historically, Africa was not only a cradle for nascent Christianity—producing such early theologians as Augustine, Tertullian, and Athanasius—it was also the location of the church’s first interaction with Islam in the seventh century. As Dr. John Azumah argues in our featured article, present-day African contexts—where the Church and Islam struggle for peace in the events of everyday life among family and neighbors—are instructive to other parts of the global Church. As the world’s two largest religions continue to vacillate between tolerance and tension, proper attention must be given to those contexts where the gods are not silent and African expressions of both Christianity and Islam are extending their vitality and influence to distant lands.

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