IntroductionWhen someone examines closely the history of African Christianity, and how it was transmitted to the Africans, one thing is evidently clear, that the Christian religion that the western missionaries brought to Africa encompassed the Western culture and values. This situation led to an inauthentic Christian life and syncretism among African Christians. In this paper I will seek to appraise the history of African Christianity and how to be contextually relevant today. My discussion will involve answering what African Christianity Is all about, an explanation of the value of African Christianity, and lastly seek to highlight how it is contextually relevant today. I will now proceed to discuss what African Christianity is all about.
1.A discussion of what African Christianity is all about.To start off it would be necessary to define what Christianity is.According to Mugambi The term Christianity as I will use in this paper is used to refer to a “a person who has accepted the Christian faith and made a firm decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ” (Mugambi 2002,Pg 516-542).On this ordealMugambi employs an analogy to epitomize how christianity floats with digfferent cultures.“One missionary scholar likened the christian faith to a Jockey who rides a racing ability,the jockey chooses another horse,and by so doing he remains on the racecourse”.Giving his own interpretation to this analogy,Mugambi further asserts that:Christianity began within the Jewish culture.That culture became incapable of sustaining the christian faith because the leaders of Judaism believed that the new faith was a threat to a jewish culture….Then it was greatly influenced by Greek philosophy,without being swallowedby it.In the fourth century christianity became the popular religion of the Roman Empire,after the conversion of Empire Constantine….During the modern missionary enterprise christianity was riding on western culture.(Pg 517-518).