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Making Christianity African in Precolonial Ghana

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Time: 12pm CT, 5pm UTC

Speaker: Paul Glen Grant


Over the last five hundred years, residents of the Gold Coast have had three general responses to Christianity: rejection, reception, and reformulation. Most European missionaries and colonial officials wished for Africans to unquestioningly receive European-style Christianities—an option few Africans found acceptable. Thus, before 1900, the most common of these three responses was rejection. The biggest changes, however, have come when Ghanaians have been able to reformulate Christianity to suit their own purposes. Drawing on his monograph Healing and Power in Ghana (Baylor University Press, 2020), Paul Grant shares key stories about people who experimented with the religion, translating both message and praxis without missionary input.


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Paul Glen Grant received his PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. He teaches at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago). A specialist in World Christianities, he is currently developing a longitudinal study called Receiving African Christianity: a Global History.



October 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm