Christianity in Africa

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Christianity in Africa

Did You Know?Mark was the first missionary to Africa

Decline of Christianity in EgyptAround 640, Christians became the majority of the population in Egypt. During the 13th century, however, Christian crusaders from Europe came and threatened Egypt. After this, the Muslim rulers became suspicious of the Christian communities. The 14th century was a violent time period, where churches were destroyed and burned down, anti-Christian groups formed, and Christians were, as they stated, "exiled from their own land." After these events Islam took the place of Christianity, though there still remained a small percentage of Christianity.

Did You Know?Africa is home to many of the "first" Christians.

Rise of Nubian ChristianityDuring the fifth and sixth centuries a new form of Christiniaty took place, which was introduced by Egyptian missionaries and traders. The Nubian language was translated into a large portion of the Bible, and murals were painted across the cities in respect of the new religion. The Nubian army then defeated the Arabian incursions twice. Later on, though, Egypt became more hostile towards Nubian Christianity, and around 1500 it had disappeared.

Christianity in Africa

Development of Christiniaty in EthiopiaEthiopian Christianity developed when Axum leaders adopted Christianity in the 4th century, and it took root among the general population. Later on, Ethiopia became a Christian island in a sea of Muslim religion. The island was protected by its mountains and uneasy geography. Though it was an island of a completely different religion, Muslims were grateful that the island protected some Muhammed prosecutors. Unfortunately though, like many of the other spreads of Christianity, the spread of Islam cut off this religion.

Today Christianity has a shared space with Islam

Ancient Christianity was confined to Northern Africa

Christianity in Northern Africa kept close ties to European churches, and this created spiritual giants like Origen, Antony, and Augustin.


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