Christianity and African Culture

Conservative German Protestant Missionaries in Tanzania, 1900-1940


The common charge laid against missionaries that they are destroyers of African culture is shown to be untrue of the missionaries treated in this book, who worked with considerable success to integrate Christianity and African culture.
The author examines the endeavours of the missionaries from the perspective of the local Christians, who were not themselves interested in Africanization as such. One can thus find some missionaries defending - against the elected African Church leadership - the right of the Chagga Christians to circumcise their daughters, and Nyakyusa Christians refusing to use African tunes because the missionaries - influenced by National Socialism - professed both love for African culture and White superiority.
This informative book, based on local and archival research at Daressalam University, is eminently readable. It features the first historical study of Bruno Gutmann, and provides case study material for teaching.

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Klaus Fiedler, Ph.D. (1976), Daressalam, in History, and Th.D. (1992), Heidelberg, is a Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Malawi, in Zomba. He has published mainly mission history, including The Story of Faith Missions ( Oxford, 1994).
' Das Buch empfehle ich allen Betroffen und Interessierten am Mission und Kultur.' Horst Niesen, Zukunft der Kirche - Kirche der Zukunft, 1997. ' ...well-written, well-researched book that provides an insightful historical account of the work of conservative German...' Philip C. Huber, Missiology, 2000.
All those interested in missiology in Africa, especially in issues of Church and culture; Africanists and historians, those interested in African Church history.