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3.12 Cities of God: Carthage, African Christian Genesis

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 11, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Western Christianity—Latin Christianity—began in Africa and made its way across the sea to Italy. All the great orthodox Latin writers of the first through third centuries were African. The distinctive western liturgy was likely a product of Roman Africa. Christianity came to Africa at a time of literary renaissance, and the Church is still the beneficiary of that particular Christian culture.


Mike Aquilina, Africa and the Early Church: The Almost-Forgotten Roots of Catholic Christianity

J. Patout Burns Jr., Robin M. Jensen, Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of Its Practices and Beliefs

Thomas Oden, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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