ETH5270 African Seedbed of Western Christianity

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen

Course Description:

In literature and art, up until recent time, Africans hardly depicted as major contributors to Western Christian theology and pedagogy. The world, particularly the Western Christians are clueless that before the first convert of Anglo-Saxon, Christianity had ten generation in some part of Africa. Among other things, this course presents how the Western idea of university is born in the crucible of Africa, how exegesis of the scripture and Christian dogma matured in African continent, how Christian Neoplatonism emerge in Africa, and how rhetorical and dialectical skills are honed in Africa and how all these ideas were transplanted to the Western Christendom.

How This Course Benefits Students:

In order to understand our present and engage to the future in a meaningful and productive way, it is important to know our past. Students of this class will learn that World Christianity has such a long and diverse roots, so many different and independent actors and manifestations.

Why This Course Is Important:

The general understanding of the majority of people in the world is that Christianity was introduced to the continent of Africa somewhere around the beginning of the European slave trade and colonialism of Africa. This notion is the result partly of ignorance of the history of Christianity and partly the result of a well-calculated curriculum designed to give a misleading history. This course untangles the myth from reality.