Christianity in South Africa
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512 Pages

23.3 x 15 cm

10 b/w, 10 line illus.

Imprint: James Currey

Christianity in South Africa

A Political, Social and Cultural History

Edited by Richard Elphick and Rodney Davenport

by Rodney Davenport

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Demonstrates the reciprocal influences between Christianity and politics throughout South African history.

Almost three-quarters of South Africans in the late-1990s call themselves Christians. From colonial times, when missionaries embroiled themselves in frontier conflicts, until recently, when both defenders and opponents of apartheid draw heavily upon Christian doctrine and ritual, Christian impulses have shaped South Africa.

North America: University of California Press; South Africa: David Philip/New Africa Books
"This is an ambitious book, which aims to give a synthesis of recent historiography on Christianity in South Africa ... It is eloquent and persuasive in its advocacy of the importance of Christianity for a general understanding of South African history, and as such will be of considerable value both to the general historian and to the student of Christianity." Kevin Ward, AFRICAN AFFAIRS
"... well written, tightly edited with cross-references between essays, the book succeeds in demonstrating that Christianity influenced politics throughout South African history and was in turn influenced by politics. - Lyn Graybill in" AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW
"This volume can be read from cover to cover or consulted as a reference. It will quickly establish itself as a leading contribution to work in this broad field. -" BOLLETINO DEL CIRT

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9780852557518

January 1998

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Title Details

512 Pages

2.33 x 1.5 cm

10 b/w, 10 line illus.

Imprint: James Currey