Faith in African Lived Christianity – Bridging Anthropological and Theological Perspectives offers a comprehensive, empirically rich and interdisciplinary approach to the study of faith in African Christianity. The book brings together anthropology and theology in the study of how faith and religious experiences shape the understanding of social life in Africa. The volume is a collection of chapters by prominent Africanist theologians, anthropologists and social scientists, who take people’s faith as their starting point and analyze it in a contextually sensitive way. It covers discussions of positionality in the study of African Christianity, interdisciplinary methods and approaches and a number of case studies on political, social and ecological aspects of African Christian spirituality.
Karen Lauterbach, Ph.D. (2009), Roskilde University, is Associate Professor of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and a former postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University.
Mika Vähäkangas Th.D. (1998), University of Helsinki, is Professor of Mission Studies and Ecumenics at Lund University, and a former lecturer of systematic theology of Makumira University College, Tanzania (1998-2005), and president of the International Association for Mission Studies (2012-2016).
The readership of this book consists of graduate and postgraduate students in African studies, social/cultural anthropology, ethnography, World Christianity, mission studies, theology and religion as well as researchers and teachers in these fields.