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Afro-Christianity at the Grassroots: Its Dynamics and Strategies
     

Afro-Christianity at the Grassroots: Its Dynamics and Strategies

by Desmond Tutu (Contribution by), M. C. Kitshoff (Editor), S. W. D. Dube (Editor)
 

The spontaneous and rapid growth of indigenous African Christianity, especially in South Africa, has undermined the appropriateness of the term “mainline” for the traditional, denominational churches in the area. Some of these churches lost more than twenty-five percent of their membership in the period 1980-1990, while membership of the indigenous

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The spontaneous and rapid growth of indigenous African Christianity, especially in South Africa, has undermined the appropriateness of the term “mainline” for the traditional, denominational churches in the area. Some of these churches lost more than twenty-five percent of their membership in the period 1980-1990, while membership of the indigenous churches increased by a similar percentage in the same period. The contributions to this volume are based on grassroots research and each one treats some significant aspect within the life and work of this vast, self-motivating movement, a movement largely ignored for over a century by western-oriented Christianity. The work of these researchers clearly indicates how it is that African Indigenous Churches, with their holistic approach to religion - a feature of traditional African religion - serve as such a dynamic vehicle in effectively addressing the needs of their flocks. A further focus of the essays is on issues faced by these churches within their own church context.

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From the Publisher
'Certainly this book ought to be in all basic theological and religious studies libraries because it makes an important contribution to our field.'
Irving Hexham, Religious Studies & Theology.
'Ces 19 articles constituent une importante documentation sur les Églises indépendantes Africaines (AIC) dans les territoires de la RSA (Transkei, Zululand, etc.), au Botswana, Malawi et Swaziland.'
Jeanne Marie Léonard, Etudes Theologiques et Religieuses, 1995.
'…let us [...] receive with gratitude and appreciation this remarkable contribution to the study of church independency in Southern Africa.'
Patrick Kalilombe, Journal of Religion in Africa, 1997.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004100350
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1994
Series:
Studies of Religion in Africa Series , #9
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Gerhardus C. Oosthuizen, Ph.D. (1955) in Philosophy, University of South-Africa, is Director of NERMIC, a research unit for New Religious Movements and Independent/Indigenous Churches under the University of Zululand. He has published extensively on independent/indigenous churches.
M.C. Kitshoff is Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Zululand.
S.W.D. Dube is Director of the Institute for Education and Human Development, University of Zululand.

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