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CEAC News & Events

  • New Book Release

    by Christian Clark

    A new book has been released by Mark Ellingsen called "African Christian Mothers and Fathers: Why They Matter for the Church Today. This book explores the notions of the people of Africa in the time preceding and following the age

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  • News From The Field

    by Tekletsadik Belachew

    Meskel – The Finding of the True Cross-Celebrated in Ethiopia - September 27, 2015

    By: Tekletsadik Belachew

    Meskel (Masqal) - the Cross – is the commemoration of the finding of the true cross of Christ celebrated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the

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  • Preserving Mosaics in Tunisia

    by Christian Clark

    Thomas Roby works on what is called the Mosaikon, to teach locals how to support the preservation of mosaics in the southern and eastern Meditteranean.    An article by wall street speaks of how he has trained those in the

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  • Medicine's Ancient History Revealed

    by Christian Clark

    An Ancient Medicinal Manuscript created by Greco-Roman physician and Galen of Pergamon. MIssing pages were found and compiled, one of these pages was found from the Oldest St. Catherine’s in the Sinai Desert in Egypt, the oldest operating library. New

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Books — News & Reviews —

The Fortunes of Africa
A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor

Reviewed By

  • David Gorin
  • BDlive

The Story of the Bodmer Papyri
From the First Monastery's Library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin

Reviewed By

  • Tommy Wasserman
  • RBL
  • Orebro, Sweden

Abyssinian Christianity
The First Christian Nation?

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • CEAC
  • St. Louis, MO

Introducción a la teología mestiza de San Agustín.
Introduction to a Mestizo Theology of Augustine

Reviewed By

  • Alberto Garcia
  • Atlanta, GA

The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered
The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • CEAC
  • Concordia University Wisconsin

Fulgentius of Ruspe
On the Saving Will of God

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • Center for Early African Christianity
  • Eastern University

The African Memory of Mark
Reassessing Early Church Tradition

Reviewed By

  • Alemayehu Mekonnen, Ph.D
  • Denver Seminary

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Discussing
Africa's Gift
– with Dr. Thomas Oden

This week's topic:

At its zenith the city of Alexandria was larger than either Rome or Antioch. It was unexcelled in the world of ideas, literature, and learning. It stood for centuries as one of the three leading cities of the ancient world. It led in learning, trade, and influence. This is where the early Christian intellectual tradition first took root. For early western Christians in Africa, Carthage was the hub city. For those east of Libya it was Alexandria. Even in Carthage, due honor was given to Christian leadership in Alexandria, where the apostolic origins were indisputably in St. Mark. Carthage had no Mark, no one who had beheld the Lord in the flesh, no original apostle who was specifically commissioned to Africa. Alexandria was special to all the other early African believers because the Apostle Mark had been sent to Africa to found the churches of Africa.

Clement of Alexandria

Wisdom of the Fathers

Purged.
Chrysostom:

Do you grieve when God makes you earnest through fear, that he has led you, by tribulation, to a sense of your own safety? Is your conscience pained? Yes, is your mind pierced every day as though by a dart, expecting death and the worst kind of wrath? Nevertheless, even from these too we will gain progress in virtue if our Christian life is made more earnest because of such distress. For God is able to free you from all of these evils this very day. But not until he sees that you are purified; not until he sees that conversion has taken place. Not until he has seen a repentance firm and unshaken will he entirely remove the tribulation. Until the goldsmith sees that the gold is well refined, he won’t take it out of the furnace, nor will God take away this cloud before he has thoroughly amended us. For he himself who has permitted this trial knows the time for removing it. A person who plays the harp understands this. He neither overstrains the strings in case he might break it—nor does he relax it too much in case he might ruin the consonance of its harmony. This is how God acts too. He neither places our souls in a state of constant ease so that we might otherwise grow listless, nor does he permit us to be in constant tribulation so that we sink under the pressure and become desperate. Let us then leave to him the time for the removal of our evils. Let us only pray. Let us live in godliness because our job is to turn to virtue. Setting us free from evil is God’s job!
Homilies Concerning the Statues 4.5-6.1

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Ethiopian Christianity

by Joel Elowsky

When the Center for Early African Christianity formed during the last decade, it was decided that a consultation should be held on the continent of

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