Christianity and Politics in Doe's Liberia

Christianity and Politics in Doe's Liberia

by Paul Gifford
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Cambridge University Press

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Christianity and Politics in Doe's Liberia

This study examines the role of Christianity in Liberia under the corrupt regime of Samuel K. Doe (1980-1990). Paul Gifford shows that, in general, Liberian Christianity--far from being a force for justice and human advancement--diverted attention from the cause of Liberia's ills, left change to God's miraculous intervention, encouraged obedience and acceptance of the status quo, and thus served to entrench Doe's power. This Christianity, devised in and controlled from the United States, thus furthered regional American economic and political objectives, which were designed to support Doe's rule.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521420297
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/08/1993
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion Series , #2
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The historical context; 2. The mainline churches; 3. The evangelical churches; 4. The faith gospel of health and wealth; 5. The independent churches; 6. The geopolitical context; 7. Conclusion.

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