ETH3270 African Seedbed of Western Christianity

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen

Course Description:

There is a widespread belief among Christian believers and non-Christian observers alike that Christianity is a Western religion and was introduced to Africa by Western missionaries during the colonial period, but is this assertion true? This course attempts to explain and uncover the necessary evidence to prove beyond a doubt the African roots of the Christian faith and its contribution to the global Christianity.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The day of Pentecost marks not only the fulfilment of prophecy and promise it marks the multilingual and multicultural nature of Christianity. With no exception of race and culture, God can reveal himself to human beings. Students will discover the beginning of Christianity in Africa, and how African Christians shaped Western Christianitys school of thought and other facets.

Why This Course Is Important:

The history of Christianity in Africa probably began during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, two thousand years ago. The Gospel of Luke records that a Cyrenian was compelled to bear the cross for Jesus, prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. Cyrene was located in North Africa. The book of Acts records that, on the day of Pentecost, Egyptians and Cyrenians were among the crowd, and heard the apostles proclaim the Gospel in their native languages. Acts also records the conversion of an influential Ethiopian eunuch to Christianity. Finally, the book of Acts records that following the apostles missionary journey to Cyprus, new converts from Cyprus and Cyrene preached the Gospel to the Greeks of Antioch. The course explores the early movement of Christianity in Africa and its influence on the West.