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St Luke’s Anglican Church in Ikwerreland, Nigeria (1904–2014)

Jones U. Odili, Elizabeth Lawson-Jack
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a3612 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.3612 | © 2017 Jones U. Odili, Elizabeth Lawson-Jack | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 June 2016 | Published: 06 July 2017

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Jones U. Odili, Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Elizabeth Lawson-Jack, Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Nigeria


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Abstract

Over the decades, there has been a paradigm shift in interests, approaches and methods in African Christian Historiography. There is a need for a circumscribed study and documentation of people’s engagement and involvements in the Church in Africa. This study illuminates the roles lay agents play in the advent, growth and development of St Luke’s Anglican Church, Rumuadaolu. Using the historical and sociological methods of inquiry into a religious phenomenon, this study reveals that about two-thirds of the indigenes of Rumuadaolu are Anglicans. This is because of the amiable activities of lay agents in that community. This study in addition to providing an in-depth documentation of the history of St Luke’s Anglican Church points out gray areas that the church authority and members of the St Luke’s Anglican Church, Rumuadaolu community are to note and effect necessary changes if the St Luke’s Anglican Church has to fulfil her divine mission in Rumuadaolu. Members of the church, St Luke’s Anglican Church, Rumuadaolu community and scholars who wish to have a complete view of the turn of events in African Christian historiography would find this study very important.

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