Øyvind M. Eide

Øyvind M. Eide is Theological Director and Head of Department for Practical Theology at the School of Mission and Theology.

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Revolution and Religion in Ethiopia · The Growth and Persecution of the Mekane Yesus Church, 1974–85
By Øyvind M. Eide

Studies of the 1974 Ethiopian revolution have hitherto almost completely ignored religion, in spite of the commitment of a great majority of Ethiopian people to one or another religious tradition. Eide traces the journey from support for the revolution by the church leaders and local members to their suspected alliance with opposition forces.

"Eide … has brought to a wider audience the story of a church in revolutionary times. In so doing he has contributed to the understanding of the revolution itself."

Donald Crumney, Professor of History, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana