In The Footsteps Of The Masters

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The height of colonial rule on the African continent saw two prominent religious leaders step to the fore: Desmond Tutu in South Africa, and Abel Muzorewa in Zimbabwe. Both Tutu and Muzorewa believed that Africans could govern their own nations responsibly and effectively if only they were given the opportunity. In expressing their religious views about the need for social justice each man borrowed from national traditions that had shaped policy of earlier church leaders. Tutu and Muzorewa argued that the ...

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Overview

The height of colonial rule on the African continent saw two prominent religious leaders step to the fore: Desmond Tutu in South Africa, and Abel Muzorewa in Zimbabwe. Both Tutu and Muzorewa believed that Africans could govern their own nations responsibly and effectively if only they were given the opportunity. In expressing their religious views about the need for social justice each man borrowed from national traditions that had shaped policy of earlier church leaders. Tutu and Muzorewa argued that the political development of Africans was essential to the security of the white settlers and that whites should seek the promotion of political development of Africans as a condition of that future security.

Desmond Tutu and Abel Muzorewa were both motivated by strong religious principles. They disregarded the possible personal repercussions that they might suffer as a result of their efforts to alter the fundamental bases of their colonial governments. Each man hoped to create a new national climate in which blacks and whites could cooperate to build a new nation. Each played a part in eventual independence for Zimbabwe in 1980 and for South Africa in 1994. Mungazi's examination of their efforts reveals how individuals with strong convictions can make a difference in shaping the future of their nations.

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Mungazi (education and history, Norther Arizona U.) investigates the roles of the two bishops in the transformation of South Africa and Zimbabwe beginning in the 1960s. He emphasizes that they were called to sustain the legacies of Bishop Trevor Huddleston in South Africa from 1943 to 1956 and Bishop Ralph E. Dodge in Zimbabwe from 1956 to 1964. As soon as United Methodist Muzorewa was elected in 1968 and Anglican Tutu in 1986, he says, conditions demanded that they work to involve Africans in the political future of their countries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275966805
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

DICKSON A. MUNGAZI is Regents Professor of Education and History at Northern Arizona University. His numerous publications include The Last British Leberals in Africa (Praeger, 1999), The Last Defenders of the Laager (Praeger, 1998), The Mind of Black Africa (Praeger, 1996), and Educational Policy and National Character (Praeger, 1993).

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Role of the Church in South Africa and the Legacy of Trevor Huddleston

The Role of the Church in Zimbabwe and the Legacy of Ralph E. Dodge

Tutu's South Africa and Muzorewa's Zimbabwe Compared

Desmond M. Tutu: The Man and His Mission

Abel T. Muzorewa: The Man and His Mission

Tutu's Role in the Political Transformation of South Africa

Muzorewa's Role in the Political Transformation of Zimbabwe

Tutu and Muzorewa in the Footsteps of the Masters: Summary, Conclusion, and Implications

Selected Bibliography

Index

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