From Agbebi to Diangienda: Independency and Prophetism

Adrian Hastings

in The Church in Africa, 1450-1950

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198263999
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600623 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 From Agbebi to Diangienda: Independency and Prophetism

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This chapter covers the growing independency and prophetism of Christian African Churches in the period from the late nineteenth century to 1960. The first section covers ‘African Churches’ in Nigeria and South Africa from 1888 to 1917. Further sections cover the rise of Zionism; Elliot Kenan Kamwana—an influential Tongan religious enthusiast; Harrists (named after the Liberian prophet William Wade Harris) and Kimbanguists (named after Simon Kimbangu, a Kongan prophet); the Aladura (the praying people of the Faith Tabernacle (outside the Anglican Church) in Yorubaland) and the Cherubim and Seraphim Society; East and Central Africa from the end of the 1920s; independency in the 1950s; Protestant causative factions and motivations at work within the Christian movement; and the character of prophetic Christianity.

Keywords: Africa; Central Africa; Cherubim and Seraphim Society; Christianity; Churches; East Africa; Faith Tabernacle; William Wade Harris; history; independence; Elliot Kenan Kamwana; Simon Kimbangu; Konga; Liberia; Nigeria; prophetism; Protestantism; South Africa; Tonga; Yoruba; Zionism

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Subjects: History of Christianity

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