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Scirj Volume V, Issue XI, November 2017 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

The Changing Face of African Christianity within the Context of Historical and Contemporary Expansionism of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

SOBOYEJO Josephine Olatomi, FATOKUN Samson Adetunji

Abstract: Historical war of the empires, violent religious and political conflicts, and persecutions of religious adherents inaugurate expansionism and enable the spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the world. The expansion of Christianity cannot be discussed without the Western-initiated missionary movement. The explosion of Christianity in twenty-first century Africa is a profound development that has transformed the world’s largest religion. This calls for a paradigm of the hegemonic view that perceives Christianity as a product of imperialist expansion and Africans as passive recipients of the ecclesiastical concept of the western mind. The phenomenon that characterizes African Christianity involves movements that epitomize African creativity with its peculiar character, shape, and form called contextualization. This paper, using critical philosophical analysis and historical methodology examined the role played by the three religions in contemporary expansionism. It also discusses the key contributing factors of the massive growth of the church in Africa. The religions’ roles activate the desire for spiritual, moral, and cultural influence over the entire world. The theologies of the religions’ show God and His Character to the whole world. The African creativity to contextualize Christianity to local aspirations is commendable. But the expansionism of these religions should establish sustainable peace in the world, but the contrary is the case. This paper advocates peaceful co-existence for humanity in the growth of African Christianity.

Reference this Paper: The Changing Face of African Christianity within the Context of Historical and Contemporary Expansionism of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by SOBOYEJO Josephine Olatomi, FATOKUN Samson Adetunji published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume V, Issue XI, November 2017 Edition, Page 1-8 ".

Search Terms: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, African Christianity, Conflicts, Expansionism, and Ecclesiastical Concept

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