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Africa is the middle Continent of the World. How does Christianity relate to Africa and its geography? Especially Christianity in Europe and the USA?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by fredsbend, David Stratton Jul 11 '14 at 16:54

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I think some of the problems you are having here, and one of the reasons why we are having trouble understanding you is that you are asking questions about how North America and Europe do things. You may think that those are 'Christian nations' and so everything they do is governed by Christianity, but I assure you that is not the case. What Christians do or think, and what North Americans or Europeans do or think may have very little to do with each other. I've edited your question to make it about Christianity, which is what this site is about. –  DJClayworth Jul 11 '14 at 1:55
I do not understand this question at all. Is some clarification possible? what on earth is the middle Continent? How was the 'middle' determined? How does Christianity relate to this geography? Nope, no idea what is going on here. Don't see how this can be answered. –  gideon marx Jul 11 '14 at 8:46
I'm not sure what kind of answer you are hoping for here. As far as Africa is concerned, most of Europe and America snidely call it the "Third World." They mostly just sail around it. Now the history of Christianity in Africa is interesting and on-topic. You want an answer about Christianity's history in Africa? –  fredsbend Jul 11 '14 at 15:53
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Three highlights immediately come to mind:

  1. Ethiopia has a legitimate claim to being the oldest Christian country in the world (although Armenia has one as well.) from the Eunuch that met Phillip on, Christianity has been rooted in Ethiopia.

  2. The Coptic (Egyptian) Church and the Alexandrian School was influential in the Patristic period. They tended towards Monophysitism, but then again a lot of people do in practice. It was one of the 5 original chief patriarchates

  3. St. Augustine of Hippo was from Tunisia/Algeria. He was African, and probably the single most important theologian for 1000 years, if not still.

Amongst the other more notable African theologians would be luminaries like Tertullian, who gave us the word 'Trinity', Cyprian, and St. Antony, the founder of the monastic movement.

And, finally, it should be understood that the Church is growing tremendously in Aftica (and South America) nowadays in ways it isn't in the West. The overwhelming majority of Anglicans, for example, are in Sub-Saharan Africa- not England, as one might expect.

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You can add that monasticism first originated in Egypt. And Tertullian and Cyprian were also North Africans. –  david brainerd Jul 11 '14 at 2:46
Augustine was African too, I think. If he didn't shape the Church then no one did. –  fredsbend Jul 11 '14 at 18:26
Um, did you see #3? –  Affable Geek Jul 11 '14 at 23:57

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