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This study focuses on Christianity and black nationalism in South Africa and looks at four individuals—Albert Lutuli, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, and Desmond Tutu—to see how each leader's Christian beliefs influenced the political strategy he pursued. Just as theology (Calvinism) was significant in the formulation of Afrikaner nationalism, so too has theology, variously interpreted, been instrumental in the articulation of African nationalism. The African National Congress (ANC), the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), and the United Democratic Front (UDF) all relied on a Christian perspective and vocabulary to articulate the goals of black nationalism. By tracing this religious thread through each of these various resistance movements, the author has made a fascinating contribution to the literature of comparative politics, African studies, and the sociology of religion.
|1||Albert Lutuli and the African National Congress||25|
|2||Robert Sobukwe and the Pan-Africanist Congress||45|
|3||Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement||75|
|4||Bishop Desmond Tutu and the United Democratic Front||103|