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Decolonizing Christianity

Decolonizing Christianity

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Darcie Fontaine
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 1st Edition, 7/31/2016
EAN 9781107118171, ISBN10: 1107118174

Hardcover, 252 pages, 23.9 x 15.9 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

Decolonizing Christianity traces the dramatic transformation of Christianity from its position as the moral foundation of European imperialism to its role as a radical voice of political and social change in the era of decolonization. As Christians renegotiated their place in the emerging Third World, they confronted the consequences of racism and violence that Christianity had reinforced in European colonies. This book tells the story of Christians in Algeria who undertook a mission to 'decolonize the Church' and ensure the future of Christianity in postcolonial Algeria. But it also recovers the personal aspects of decolonization, as many of these Christians were arrested and tortured by the French for their support of Algerian independence. The consequences of these actions were immense, as the theological and social engagement of Christians in Algeria then influenced the groundbreaking reforms developing within global Christianity in the 1960s.

Introduction
1. Christianity and French Algeria
2. Christianity on trial
the battle to define Christian morality
3. The metropolitans respond
the conflicts of politics and conscience
4. The religious politics of independence
5. Inventing postcolonial Christianity
Conclusion.