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The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume IIIPartisan Anglicanism and its Global Expansion 1829-c.1914$
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Rowan Strong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199699704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699704.001.0001

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Anglicanism in Sub-Saharan Africa, c.1829–1910

Anglicanism in Sub-Saharan Africa, c.1829–1910

(p.253) 12 Anglicanism in Sub-Saharan Africa, c.1829–1910
The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume III

Emma Wild-Wood

Oxford University Press

Anglicanism in sub-Saharan Africa as introduced by British missionary societies was often perceived by African adherents as a vehicle for social and spiritual change. It had transnational appeal when it also responded to local realities. The Church spread from coastal missions to British companies and freed-slaves into the interior of the continent. By 1910 its presence was still fragile in many areas. This chapter examines religious encounter, conversion, and the introduction of spiritual and technological novelties. African evangelists and priests often proved more successful missionaries than Europeans. They brokered the introduction of new ideas by identifying connections with the familiar.

Keywords:   Africans, conversion, literacy, local, missionary, novelty, power, slave, social change, transnational

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