The Impact of the Africanization of Christianity on an Evangelical Missionary Perspective: Mabel Easton Buyse in the Lake Albert Region, 1917-1953

By Anne Vermeyden.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Christianity is a world religion that has been translated into many cultural and linguistic contexts. During the twentieth century, many American evangelical missionaries went to Africa in an attempt to spread the Christian message. These missionaries had unique, American understandings of proper Christian practice. This paper examines how one American missionary's experience of other culturally specific expressions of Christianity in the region around Lake Albert in East Africa challenged her understanding of proper Christian practice. Between 1917 and 1953, American evangelical missionary Mabel Easton Buyse experienced shifts in her understanding of Christianity as she witnessed Ugandan and Congolese Christians adapt Christianity into their own cultural contexts.

Keywords: Missionary History, African Christianity, Africa Inland Mission

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.81-91. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 431.170KB).

Anne Vermeyden

PhD Student, History, The University of Guelph, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Anne Vermeyden is a PhD student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Her current research focuses include the history of Christianity and missionary activity in Africa.