Reverend Father Lawrence Iwuamadi , Professor of Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics, at the Ecumenical Institute, states that Christianity is growing faster in Africa than anywhere else in the world. While he was convening a discussion on the Anthology of African Christianity, held by the World Council of Churches (WCC), he made this claim.
On this occasion a report was published on the website of World Council of Churches. Rev. Iwuamadi said: “It is said that in the next four years, a quarter of the world’s Christians will be living in Africa, and that is why the anthology is so timely, as well as the 1,400-page book being an invaluable historical and analytical resource.”
The report contains 160 essays that is based upon 30 denominational and regional surveys along with 50 national surveys; along with current social and political issues posing threats against Christians throughout the continent. Rev. Iwuamadi added: “Education was the most important factor in the spread of Christianity in Africa.”
The book emphasizes role of women in the church in Africa; where they play the role of backbone of Christianity. This book was edited by Isabel Apawo Phiri and Dietrich Werner, Chammah Kaunda and Kennedy Owino and is published by Regnum Studies in Global Christianity, 2016.
Dietrich Werner, former WCC staff member stated: “This is a tool for informed ecumenism. Ecumenism will have a future only if it is informed ecumenism. We have so many common declarations but have so little of accurate knowledge on contemporary Christianity.”
Isabel Apawo Phiri stated: “We wanted to bring together regional survey articles on contemporary (21st century) African Christianity and churches in Northern Africa, Western Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa.” She further stated that “The theology of African Christianity is influenced by its social context. What are the signs of our times in Africa that we should be responding to?”
“The aim of the book is to look at how Africans look at their own faith. It is deeply root. It is not artificial Christianity. It is Christianity that makes me who I am in every aspect of my life. Christianity is an African religion. People look at Christianity as defining who they are,” she said.