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CEAC News & Events

  • New Book Release

    by Christian Clark

    A new book has been released by Mark Ellingsen called "African Christian Mothers and Fathers: Why They Matter for the Church Today. This book explores the notions of the people of Africa in the time preceding and following the age

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  • News From The Field

    by Tekletsadik Belachew

    Meskel – The Finding of the True Cross-Celebrated in Ethiopia - September 27, 2015

    By: Tekletsadik Belachew

    Meskel (Masqal) - the Cross – is the commemoration of the finding of the true cross of Christ celebrated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the

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  • Preserving Mosaics in Tunisia

    by Christian Clark

    Thomas Roby works on what is called the Mosaikon, to teach locals how to support the preservation of mosaics in the southern and eastern Meditteranean.    An article by wall street speaks of how he has trained those in the

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  • Medicine's Ancient History Revealed

    by Christian Clark

    An Ancient Medicinal Manuscript created by Greco-Roman physician and Galen of Pergamon. MIssing pages were found and compiled, one of these pages was found from the Oldest St. Catherine’s in the Sinai Desert in Egypt, the oldest operating library. New

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Books — News & Reviews —

The Fortunes of Africa
A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor

Reviewed By

  • David Gorin
  • BDlive

The Story of the Bodmer Papyri
From the First Monastery's Library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin

Reviewed By

  • Tommy Wasserman
  • RBL
  • Orebro, Sweden

Abyssinian Christianity
The First Christian Nation?

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • CEAC
  • St. Louis, MO

Introducción a la teología mestiza de San Agustín.
Introduction to a Mestizo Theology of Augustine

Reviewed By

  • Alberto Garcia
  • Atlanta, GA

The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered
The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • CEAC
  • Concordia University Wisconsin

Fulgentius of Ruspe
On the Saving Will of God

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • Center for Early African Christianity
  • Eastern University

The African Memory of Mark
Reassessing Early Church Tradition

Reviewed By

  • Alemayehu Mekonnen, Ph.D
  • Denver Seminary

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Africa's Gift
– with Dr. Thomas Oden

This week's topic:

At its zenith the city of Alexandria was larger than either Rome or Antioch. It was unexcelled in the world of ideas, literature, and learning. It stood for centuries as one of the three leading cities of the ancient world. It led in learning, trade, and influence. This is where the early Christian intellectual tradition first took root. For early western Christians in Africa, Carthage was the hub city. For those east of Libya it was Alexandria. Even in Carthage, due honor was given to Christian leadership in Alexandria, where the apostolic origins were indisputably in St. Mark. Carthage had no Mark, no one who had beheld the Lord in the flesh, no original apostle who was specifically commissioned to Africa. Alexandria was special to all the other early African believers because the Apostle Mark had been sent to Africa to found the churches of Africa.

Clement of Alexandria

Wisdom of the Fathers

The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent.

The blessed Theodore replied: This question usually disturbs the souls of those who have little faith and knowledge and who think that the deserts and rewards of holy persons, which are not bestowed in the present but reserved for the future, are given in the short space of this life. But we must not take up their erroneous opinions, for we do not hope in Christ in this life only. Otherwise, according to the apostle, “we would be more miserable than all other men,”1 because in this world we would receive none of the promises and in the one to come we would also lose them on account of our lack of faith. Unaware of the facts of the matter, we would be perplexed and anxious and fall into temptation if we saw ourselves given up to these same people, or if we ascribed (the mere saying of which is wicked_ unrighteousness or unconcern for human affairs to God because he does not spare holy men and those live rightly from trials or here and now requite the good with good things and the bad with bad things. . . .

In order to escape this ignorance, then, which is the root and cause of this most wicked error, we must first of all know what is really good and what is bad. Then, holding on to the true understanding of Scripture and not to the false one of the crowd, we shall never be deceived by the error of faithless persons.

There are three things in this world—namely, the good, the bad, and the indifferent. We ought to know what, properly speaking, is good, what is bad, and what is indifferent, so that our faith, strengthened by real knowledge, might remain undamaged by any temptation.

As far as human affairs are concerned, then, nothing should be believed to be the chief good other than the virtue of the soul alone, which leads us by a sincere faith to divine realities and makes us cling unceasingly to the unchangeable good. On the other hand, nothing should be called bad other than sin alone, which separates us from a good God and joins us to the wicked devil.

Indifferent things are those which can go in either direction depending on the desire and will of the user, such as wealth, power, honor, bodily strength, health, beauty, life itself and death, poverty, bodily sickness, insults, and other things similar to these which can have good or bad consequences according to the character and desire of the user.
Conference 6.1.3-3.2.2 

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Ethiopian Christianity

by Joel Elowsky

When the Center for Early African Christianity formed during the last decade, it was decided that a consultation should be held on the continent of

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