Christianity Amidst Apartheid: Selected Perspectives on the by Martin Prozesky

By Martin Prozesky

This booklet includes chapters by means of 14 admired figures supplying info on key concerns in regards to the Christian religion in South Africa. 3 quarters of South Africans regard themselves as Christians. the tale of the gospel of affection and its interaction with politics is the subject pursued right here.

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These latter two phenomena account for the presence of thousands of thriving African independent or separatist churches. According to national statistics, the African independent churches presently claim 28 per cent of the African population, that is, well over a third of African Christians {cf. Kritzinger, 13: 253). The schismatics, those churches which were formed by fission from Christian denominations, have been styled 'Ethiopian' {Sundkler, 18: 53-6). The formation of these independent churches, free from white control, represents a revolt on the part of an emergent educated middle class in Christian communities and was born of the expectation that a wholehearted commitment to Christianity would lead to parity with whites.

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The acute and urgent problem was racism as it affected the entire black community and as it permeates the entire fabric of American society. This viewpoint was carried forward into international theological dialogues, especially into the dialogue with Latin American theologians, where it was presented forcefully by Cone and Wilmore among others. Latin Americans for their part approached theology from the class paradigm and also forcefully presented class as the determinant in society. 9 In the ensuing difficult debate that took a long time before positions softened, each side acceded to the point made by the other.

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