Christianity in South Africa: An Annotated Bibliography

Christianity in South Africa: An Annotated Bibliography

Hardback Bibliographies & Indexes in Religious Studies

By (author) David Chidester, By (author) Chirevo Kwenda, By (author) Robert Petty, By (author) Judy Tobler, By (author) Darrel Wratten


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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Hardback | 504 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 241mm x 41mm | 925g
  • Publication date: 7 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0313304734
  • ISBN 13: 9780313304736
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: index

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In all its diversity, Christianity has been a powerful force in South African life. From the history of colonial missions, through the development of denominations, to the emergence of African initiated churches, Christianity has assumed a variety of distinctively South African forms. This comprehensive guide offers detailed reviews of over 600 works that have established the importance of Christianity in South African history, society, and religious experience. Of interest to scholars and students of religious studies, cultural anthropology, African Studies, and history, this volume, together with African Traditional Religion in South Africa and Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism in South Africa (both Greenwood, 1997), will become the standard reference work on South African religions. In each section-Christian Missions, Christian Denominations, and African Initiated Churches-an introductory essay identifies significant themes in the literature. The annotations are concise yet detailed essays, written in an engaging and accessible style and supported by an exhaustive index. The book therefore provides a full and complex profile of Christianity as a religious tradition in South Africa.

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?Christianity in South Africa: An Annotated Bibliography is a well researched, meticulously annotated, comprehensive work on the many faces of Christianity in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Its historical, sociological and anthropological approaches to the study of literature on South African Christianity give it a wide angle on "religious" studies - a study of religion whose methodology makes it readily accessible to many academic disciplines as well as the lay reader. The annotations are insightful and engaging, and the historical and political treatment of Christian denominations is as informative as it is provocative....Libraries - private or public - are enriched by this book.?-Journal of Asian and African Studies