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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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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.

Athanasius of Alexandria

Wisdom of the Fathers

Satan Uses What Is On Our Minds.

If even the devil himself tells you that that his power is gone, you should utterly despise both him and his demons. And since the enemy, with his hounds, only has these kinds of tricks up his sleeve, we, having gotten to know their weakness, are able to despise them. And so, let us not fall into despondency like this or become cowards or make up things to be afraid of, saying, for instance, “I am afraid that a demon might come and overthrow me,” since such a demon might just lift me and then slam me down, or he might rise up against me all of a sudden and confuse me. Do not let your mind even entertain such thoughts. Don’t despair as though you were losing everything; instead, be courageous and always rejoice, believing you’re safe.

Let us consider in our soul that the Lord is with us—the one who put the evil spirits to flight and broke their power. Let us consider and take comfort in the fact that while the Lord is with us, our enemies cannot harm us. For when they come they approach us in a form corresponding to the state in which they discover us and adapt their delusions to the condition of mind in which they find us. If, therefore, they find us timid and confused, they immediately storm the place, like robbers, having found it unguarded. And they use whatever is on our minds and even more. For if they find us faint-hearted and cowardly, they mightily increase our terror by their delusions and threats. And they continue to use these in tormenting the soul that is sad. But if they see us rejoicing in the Lord, contemplating the bliss of the future, mindful of the Lord, deeming all things in his hand, and that no evil spirit has any strength against the Christian, nor any power at all over any one—when they behold the soul fortified with these thoughts—they become uneasy and start backpedaling. Notice how the enemy, seeing Job fenced round with them, withdrew from him; but finding Judas unguarded, took him captive. Thus if we want to despise the enemy, let us meditate on what the Lord can do, and let the soul always rejoice in hope. Then we shall see that the snares of the demon are like smoke, and the evil ones themselves flee rather than pursue. For they are, as I said before, exceeding fearful, ever looking forward to the fire prepared for them.
Life of Anthony 42.1

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Ethiopian Christianity

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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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