n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Culture change in Ethiopia: An evangelical perspective, A. Mekonnen : book review

Volume 43, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This book offers considerable insight into one of the most historically isolated countries in Africa from the period of the early church. This isolation - geographical, economic and political - has enabled its culture to be preserved perhaps more than any of its neighbours. Traditionally, this is a nation of one faith, that of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. But since the opening up of the country which destroyed its fierce sense of independence, beginning with the United States controlled modernisation of former Emperor Haile Selassie and continuing through Mengistu's Marxist-Leninist regimes, both Islam and evangelical Christianity have grown significantly. To all this, which began as a doctoral thesis, the author adds an evangelical perspective and years of experience, and the result is edifying, especially in terms of cultural change and resistance.

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