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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.

Athanasius of Alexandria

Wisdom of the Fathers

The Sanctifier and the Sanctified
Athanasius:

For if, as no one knows the things of God except the Spirit who is in him, would it not be evil speech to call the Spirit who is in God a creature, who searches even the deep things of God? For from this the speaker will learn to say that the human spirit is outside the person himself, and that the Word of God, who is in the Father, is a creature. Again, the Spirit is, and is called Spirit of holiness and renewal. For Paul writes, "Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection of the dead; even Jesus Christ our Lord." [Rom 1:4] Again he says, "But you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." [1 Cor 6:11] And when writing to Titus, he said, "But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love toward humanity appeared, not by works done in righteousness which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs, according to the hope of eternal life." [Tit 3:4-7] But the creatures are sanctified and renewed: "You shall send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth." [Ps 104:30] And Paul says, "It is impossible for those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,..." [Heb 6:4]

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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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