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Christianity in South Africa: An Annotated Bibliography

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In all its diversity, Christianity has been a powerful force in South African life. From the history of colonial missions, through the development of denominations, to the emergence of African initiated churches, Christianity has assumed a variety of distinctively South African forms. This comprehensive guide offers detailed reviews of over 600 works that have established the importance of Christianity in South African history, society, and religious experience. Of interest to scholars and students of religious ...

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Overview

In all its diversity, Christianity has been a powerful force in South African life. From the history of colonial missions, through the development of denominations, to the emergence of African initiated churches, Christianity has assumed a variety of distinctively South African forms. This comprehensive guide offers detailed reviews of over 600 works that have established the importance of Christianity in South African history, society, and religious experience. Of interest to scholars and students of religious studies, cultural anthropology, African Studies, and history, this volume, together with African Traditional Religion in South Africa and Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism in South Africa (both Greenwood, 1997), will become the standard reference work on South African religions.

In each section—Christian Missions, Christian Denominations, and African Initiated Churches—an introductory essay identifies significant themes in the literature. The annotations are concise yet detailed essays, written in an engaging and accessible style and supported by an exhaustive index. The book therefore provides a full and complex profile of Christianity as a religious tradition in South Africa.

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A guide to literature on Christianity in South Africa, encompassing books, articles, and theses. Contains chapters on Christian missions, Christian denominations, and African initiated churches. Introductory essays to each chapter outline key topics and areas that need further investigation. Focus is on the history and diversity of Christianity in South Africa, with exclusion of specific theological works. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

DAVID CHIDESTER is Professor of Comparative Religion and Director of the Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa at the University of Cape Town.

JUDY TOBLER is Research Manager for the Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa at the University of Cape Town.

DARREL WRATTEN is Lecturer in Religious Studies and Associate Director of the Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa at the University of Cape Town.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Christianity in South Africa

Christian Missions

Christian Denominations

African Initiated Churches

Index

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