Tanzanian Adventism exemplifies the most interesting shifts within the heritage of religions: the expansion of Christianity in Africa. so much extraordinary during this account is the research of a minority denominations transformation to a veritable folks church.
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It is probably more than a coincidence that the church sent missionaries to the non-Christian world for the Àrst time in the 1890s. With a renewed, Christocentric identity, the Adventist movement was no longer only a religious protest group among Christians but also a church that had a message for non-Christian peoples. Different from the remnant paradigm, which deÀned the aim of Adventist activities as converting individuals from a Christian background, reaching out to those who did not know Christ and Christianity implied the option of becoming a major religious community in some societies.
52 Ogbu Kalu, The History of Christianity in West Africa (London: Longman, 1980); Lamin Sanneh, West African Christianity: The Religious Impact (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1983). No comparable work on East Africa exists to date. 53 Adrian Hastings, The Church in Africa, 1450–1950 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1994); John Baur, Two Thousand Years of Christianity in Africa: An African History, 62–1992 (Nairobi: Paulines, 1994); Elizabeth Isichei, A History of Christianity in Africa (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995); Bengt Sundkler, A History of the Church in Africa (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
28 John R. Weinlick, Count Zinzendorf (New York: Abingdon, 1956), 100; Erich Beyreuther, Studien zur Theologie Zinzendorfs (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener, 1962), 155–156. The Moravian “Àrstfruit” concept is connected with Revelation 14:4, an interesting fact when one considers that Adventist identity was strongly shaped by the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation. 29 Missionary objectives stated in the context of the German East African mission conÀrm this. They included the aim that “souls may be gathered out from among the sons of Ham” and that “before long some souls here will wait for the Lord’s coming”; see Guy Dail, “First-Fruits From German East Africa,” RH 85 (4 June 1908): 13–14; and B.
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