The Church in Africa

Cradles of Christian Civilization

This is an Ethiopian Christian icon of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples (narrated in John 13). Ethiopia has a rich tradition of Christian art in architecture, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and iconography. This picture is a photograph of a painting by Betsy Porter, and is in public domain but also used with her blessing. Please see her website for much more information about Ethiopian icons. See Christian Ethiopian Art.


the church in africa: cradles of christian civilization

The selection of perspectives on church history in this section has been guided by three factors: (1) to demonstrate that Christianity has not been a “white man’s religion”; (2) the study of empire as a recurring motif in Scripture by recent biblical studies scholars; and (3) explorations of biblical Christian ethics on issues of power and polity, to understand how Christians were faithful to Christ or not.  Christian relational ethics continues a Christian theological anthropology that began with reflection on the human nature of Jesus, and the human experience of biblical Israel.

church and empire: reflections on faithfulness and compromise: topics