The Christian Churches and the Democratisation of Africa

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This volume focuses on the role Christian churches have played in Africa's democratisation movements since the late 1980s. In some cases churchmen have presided over national conferences; in many, Christians comprise arguably the most significant segment of civil society. In some countries pastoral letters have challenged dictators; in others, churches have provided an essential support for the status quo.
The book comprises both theoretical analyses and case studies. The ...

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Overview

This volume focuses on the role Christian churches have played in Africa's democratisation movements since the late 1980s. In some cases churchmen have presided over national conferences; in many, Christians comprise arguably the most significant segment of civil society. In some countries pastoral letters have challenged dictators; in others, churches have provided an essential support for the status quo.
The book comprises both theoretical analyses and case studies. The theoretical discussions include the history of Church-State relations; theology and democracy; Pentecostalism and democracy; the problems of consolidating democracy. The 13 case studies sketch the historical context, and then critically examine developments up till late 1993.
The book will prove particularly useful to students of Third World Christianity, African historians and political scientists, and all interested in the socio-political role of Christianity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004103245
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Studies of Religion in Africa Series , #12
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gifford is Leverhulme Research Fellow in both the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published widely on the socio-economic function of Christianity in contemporary Africa.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: Democratisation and the Churches 1
I Conference Summary and Conclusion 14
II The Churches and Democracy: Reviewing a Relationship 36
III Theological Reflections on the Task of the Church in the Democratisation of Africa 47
IV Problems of Democratic Consolidation 61
V Christianity and Democratisation in South Africa: the Prophetic Voice within Phlegmatic Churches 74
VI Identity Crisis 95
VII Not Catalyst but Ferment: the Distinctive Contribution of the Churches to Political Reform in Malawi 1992-93 98
VIII The Church and Democratisation in Africa: the Case of Zimbabwe 108
IX Churches and the Peace Process in Mozambique 130
X The Christian Churches and Democratisation in the Congo 148
XI The Churches and the Democratic Upheaval in Cameroon 1982-1993 168
XII Christianity and Democratisation in Rwanda: Assessing Church Responses to Political Crisis in the 1990s 188
XIII The Role of Christian Churches in the Democratisation Process in Uganda 1980-1993 205
XIV Christians and Nigeria's Aborted Transition 225
XV 'God is Not a Democrat': Pentecostalism and Democratisation in Nigeria 239
XVI The Church and the Quest for Democracy in Ghana 261
XVII 'Directed by the Hand of God': the Role of Liberian Christianity during the Civil War 276
XVIII The Madagascan Churches in the Political Arena and their Contribution to the Change of Regime 1990-1993 292
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