The first volume in the Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity series, Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa, underscores a significant shift that has reoriented the study of Christianity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In order to understand the faith, its practitioners’ present concerns, and its future prognosis, look to Africa and the continent’s diaspora.

The companion serves as a general reference for the study of contemporary African Christianity with topical essays in three sections, Countries, Traditions, and Themes. The contributors trace the development and growth of Christianity in Africa from 1970 to 2015 with projections up to 2050. The volume follows the methodology of the 2009 Atlas of Global Christianity by combining demographic analysis, maps, and statistical charts with essays from a selection of interdisciplinary contributors. The majority write out of sub-Saharan African contexts or origins. The effect is a collection of essays that blend erudite scholarly description with incisive...

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