African Initiated Churches - Origins

Origins

During the colonial period, many black converts to Christianity were unable fully to reconcile their beliefs with the teachings of their church leaders, and split from their parent churches. The reasons for these splits were usually either:

  • Political – an effort to escape white control;
  • Historical – many of the parent churches, particularly those from a Protestant tradition, had themselves emerged from a process of schism and synthesis; and
  • Cultural – the result of trying to accommodate Christian belief within an African world view.

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