The purpose of this portal section is twofold. In the first place, it functions as a portal to the principal websites that are important for the study of African Christianity and African theology. It directs the user to a wide range of websites both within and outside Africa that provide primary and secondary sources for the study of these fields. As such this website is aimed at both African and other students of African Christianity and theology.
We hope that this website will become an important portal for the study of theology and religious studies for students, teachers and researchers in sub-Saharan Africa itself. Therefore, in the second place we intend this website to be a portal to the many resources available online for the study of theology in African contexts. Of course, the theological disciplines relevant for Africa are not all equally shaped by the particularities of the context. For example, when studying biblical languages, users can equally profit from websites that do not pay particular attention to the African context. For the same reason, we have a general section of the portal that provides helpful tools for the use of the internet in research, teaching (online and offline), and personal study.
From the titles of the sub-sections in this portal, it will generally be clear whether they cover materials that are specifically related to the African context. These sections intend to serve a worldwide community of students of African Christianity and Theology. Other section titles make it clear that they introduce users to more general websites for the study of theology and its various disciplines.
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This bibliography on Christianity in Ethiopia covers material published from the early 1960s onwards. It focuses on the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, including the Eritrean Orthodox Church, which became autonomous in 1993, but references on modern missionary and evangelical Christianity, as well as Catholicism are also included.
Although it is named "The International Journal of African Catholicism" (IJAC) the journal "welcomes articles and book reviews related to the mission and purpose of the journal. The scope of the IJAC is interdisciplinary and ecumenical; therefore scholarly submissions are welcomed from a variety of perspectives. Articles are peer-reviewed and the decision to include articles rests with the editorial board. All writing selected for publication may be edited for style, syntax and content."
Catholicism, like other Christian confessions, has seen significant gains across Africa. The fact that this journal exists to contribute to an ecumenical understanding of African Catholicism is a laudible effort that deepens theological developments across Africa.
It is a truism that religion permeates African society. This makes studying specific African nations important. In this bibliography, Ken Ross argues that "No attempt has thus far been made to provide a critical overview of the broad scope of literature available on religion in Malawi. This article offers a brief critical overview of the field, to serve as an introductory point of reference for interested scholars. Under the main rubrics of African Traditional Religion, Islam and Christianity (each with numerous sub-headings) it presents an annotated bibliography to introduce the reader to all the important publications in this area. The article ends by identifying neglected areas of research."
This comprehensive review of existing scholarly works on religions in Malawi not only gives an indication of the range of religions existing in the country, but sets a blue print for research into other countries in Africa.