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Paul Rowse OP2 Stars Out Of 5December 13, 2008Paul Rowse OPOden's argument that the academy ought to re-appraise Africa's contribution to early Christianity is a good one. The South-to-North hypothesis rings true.Unfortunately, the author does not often distinguish between Northern Africa (which was part of the Empire during the period about which he writes) and the rest of Africa to whom Christianity came much later. Another disappointment in the work is the underdevelopment of the links between the vibrant churches in North Africa and the impact on those in Asia and Europe. Oden's explicit encouragement in the book of young African scholars to the identification of these links sadly leaves the reader with insufficient evidence for the author's South-to-North hypothesis.As a read, it would be very accessible to most educated and interested people.