TH7604 - Case Study: Evangelicalism in Africa


Case Study: Evangelicalism in Africa


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning; King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

200 hours total study time: 10 hours of recorded lectures; remainder generated study time. Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is noted as required in student courseware and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Introducing Evangelicalism in Africa

Evangelical and non-Evangelical approaches to Christianity in Africa
Case Study I: History of Evangelicalism in Nigeria (illustrative: other countries may be studied)

Case Study II: History of Evangelicalism in Kenya (illustrative: other countries may be studied)

Case Study III: History of Evangelicalism in South Africa (illustrative: other countries may be studied)

Case Study IV: The Encounter of Evangelicalism with the African Context; Issues on Contextualization of Evangelicalism in the African Context

Evangelical missions and Africa: its history and contemporary setting

The Expansion of Evangelicalism in Africa in the Modern World in relation to the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements.

  • To offer in-depth and focused teaching of advanced scholarship at the forefront of the discipline.
  • To provide an intellectually challenging presentation of the diverse nature of Evangelicalism in Africa throughout the contemporary scene and in history.
  • To enable students to develop advanced skills in study and research as well as original and independent thought in engagement with primary and secondary sources
  • To analyse and assess the major factors whether philosophical, social, cultural, hermeneutical, ethical, theological, political or otherwise that have shaped African Evangelicalism in historic and current expression.
  • To appreciate critically the role of selected individuals, groups, and denominations in the development and evolution of the above
  • To engage students in scholarly and critical analysis of current and new insights in the field of Evangelicalism with special reference to Africa.
  • To encourage students to evaluate and engage with advanced scholarship that critiques or rejects evangelical approaches.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

By the end of the module the students will be able to demonstrate

  1. A thorough understanding of the origin and a range of expressions of Evangelical faith among Christians in Africa.
  2. A nuanced and detailed knowledge of Church history in selected African countries and the contemporary expressions.
  3. A systematic understanding of the historical and current approaches to the emergence and evolution of Evangelicalism in Africa
  4. An in-depth understanding of the complexities and unique aspects of Evangelicalism as it relates to other fields of Theology and Church history.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
15000 word essay100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

Bediako, K., (1995). Christianity in Africa : The Renewal Of A Non-Western Religion, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Freston, P., (2001). Evangelicals and politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Groves, C. P., (2002). The Planting Of Christianity in Africa, volumes 1-4 Cambridge: James Clarke & Co.

Jenkins, P. (2008). The lost history of Christianity: The thousand-year golden age of the church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia- and how it died. New York: HarperOne.

Kalu, O.P. (2008). African Pentecostalism: An introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kay, W. K. & A. E. Dyer, (2004). Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies : A Reader. London: SCM Press.

Ranger, T. O., (2002). Evangelical Christianity and democracy in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sanneh, L. O. & J. A. Carpenter, (2005). The Changing Face Of Christianity: Africa, The West, And The World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Calvin Smith and Yaya Obozua


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