From Tertullian to Tutu: Africa's Place
in Two Millennia of Christian History
Andrew Walls, Centre for the Study of Christianity inthe Non-
Western World, University of Edinburgh, willbe leading a seminar
sponsored by Calvin College, Calvin TheologicalSeminary, & Fuller
Theological Seminary, June 17 - July 5, 2002, at Calvin College.
This reading seminar will explore themes in AfricanChristian history
in its premissionary, missionary, and post-missionary phases from theearly
centuries to the present.It will consider the intersections of that history with
the Christian historyof other continents, including African influences in
Western theology, the intercontinental transfersthat produced Afro-America
and gave it specialChristian significance, and aspects of African relationships
with theSemitic world and India. The seminar will take note of images of
Africa in Western literature and social thought, and of African visions of the
Christian destiny of the continent. At a point when the West seemsto be
entering a post-Christian phase and Christianity a post-Westernone, "From
Tertullian to Tutu" ponders the place of Africa in the history of redemption.
Faculty at colleges, universities, and seminaries, as well as advanced
graduate students are welcome to apply. Seminarparticipants will meet daily
for lectures and to discuss common readings. Personal researchprojects are
not required, but participants are welcome to use the Calvin College library
facilities and to engagethe assistance of the seminar leader if they wish to
pursue a research project while attending the seminar.