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A brief history of creation
P J van Dyk
This is not a conventional book on creation. Although
it deals primarily with Old Testament narratives and
traditions about creation, it tries to do so from a new
perspective: by deliberately attempting to reconstruct
(complete) the implied picture of creation, assumed by
traditional material, it wishes to enhance an under-
standing of biblical traditions. Its thesis is that the
royal complex (especially the temple and royal garden)
was seen as a template for the whole cosmos and that
creation was therefore depicted as the construction of a
temple or a royal garden. It goes beyond Old Testa-
ment traditions by including African perspectives on
creation as an example of how various descriptions of
creation can contribute towards an overarching picture
of creation. This was not done to compare Ancient
Near Eastern and African traditions on creation, but
to illustrate a method of interpretation and to sketch a
more comprehensive picture of humanity’s thoughts
on origins. It discusses religious concepts of creation
within a larger scientific debate about cosmology and
the nature of the human world.
A brief history of creation will appeal to students and the
general reader alike.
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African earthkeepers: Interfaith mission in
earth-care (Volume 1)
M L Daneel
Well-known author Professor Inus Daneel grew up
in Zimbabwe and has done extensive research on the
traditional and Christian religions of the Shona peo-
ple. Appalled at the environmental devastation that
has taken place since the war, Daneel initiated and
became the driving force behind an unusual partner-
ship in ‘the war of the trees’.
His intimate knowledge of traditional Shona culture
and religion, and the friendships he established with
various Shona tribesmen enabled Daneel to share
with traditional chiefs and spirit mediums (tradition-
ally custodians of the land) the urgency of restoring
the land. Thus the partnership between Daneel,
the Christian missionary and academic, and Shona
traditionalist religious leaders began in a tree-planting
venture that overcame religious differences.
Daneel records the religio-ecological motivation and
endeavour of the African Earthkeeping Movement
and its impact on Shona peasant society. Of special
interest are the newly introduced mafukidzanyika
‘clothing the land’ ritual ceremonies as opposed to the
traditional rain ritual ceremonies indicating the in-
novation and adaptation that have taken place, as well
as a description of hitherto secret oracular pronounce-
ments by the Shona high-God, Mwari, at the cult
caves of Matonjeni in the Matopo hills.
This book is part of the series of publications on Afri-
can Initiatives in Christian Mission.
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African earthkeepers: Environmental mission and
liberation in Christian perspective (Volume 2)
M L Daneel
Mission churches and the African Independent
Churches (AICs) are the two primary ecclesial con-
texts in which Christianity has spread in Africa. Mis-
sion churches are those that have evolved directly from
the outreach of Western denominations, and AICs are
churches begun by Africans in Africa, primarily for
Africans.
It is increasingly evident that in terms of growth rates,
indigenised evangelisation, missionary campaigns and
ecclesiastical contextualisation, AICs can no longer be
regarded as peripheral; they belong to the mainstream
of African Christianity. Few in-depth studies have,
however, been undertaken which throw light on the
indigenous mission dimension.
In this publication the author presents the reader with
an extraordinary picture of how AICs in Zimbabwe
responded to the environmental devastation that has
taken place in their country following the War of
Independence. Initiated by the author, tree-planting
eucharists became an intrinsic part of earth-healing
rituals in which communicants confess their sins
against the earth. Readers will be drawn to the de-
tailed descriptions of ‘earth healing’ (maporesanyika)
ceremonies held by the earthkeeping churches.
This book is part of the series of publications on Afri-
can Initiatives in Christian Mission.
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The Anglican tradition in South Africa: A historical
overview
O M Suberg
Anglicanism in South Africa was brought to the Cape
in the early nineteenth century by visitors and settlers.
It had its roots in the Church of England and drew
from those roots for clergy and layworkers. This mono-
graph is not a definitive study, but is an outline of the
history of Anglicanism in South Africa. It encompasses
the formation of the Church of the Province of South
Africa in 1870; the Colenso controversy; the effect of le-
gal cases to establish its independence from the Church
of England; its progress in indigenising itself, and the
struggle of some members against social injustice.
This book is part of a series of monographs on the his-
tory of the various denominations in South Africa.
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Christ divided: Liberalism, ecumenism and race in
South Africa
David Thomas
When missionaries set out to Christianise South
Africa, they did not foresee that their efforts would
be subject to the ‘law of unintended consequences’.
Among those consequences was the way their converts
seized both the ideology and institutions of Chris-
tianity, and used them to undermine white racial
dominance in both Church and state. David Thomas,
in relating this saga, traces how missions and churches
that became active in South Africa had to construct
new theories and practices relating to race relations.
While much has been written about the errors of
apartheid, which sprang from the segregationist
ideology, this work brings to light new material on the
liberal racial ideology of those churches and missions
associated with the worldwide ecumenical movement.
The paradox was that the segregationist ideology of
the so-called Afrikaans-speaking churches was much
closer to thinking in the international missionary and
ecumenical movements than was the liberal, integra-
tionist ideology of the ‘Ecumenical Bloc’. In a grand
and final unintended consequence, black Christians
swept away both ideologies and moved to the forefront
to establish the ‘new South Africa’.
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religion and theology
Winner: Hiddingh-Currie Award for Academic Excellence
Along edges. Religion in South Africa: Bushman,
Christian, Buddhist
J S Krüger
Along edges explores the ‘inbetween’ places, the
thresholds that separate and join religions – Christian,
Buddhist and Bushman – because in these spaces one
can synthesise and coalesce, and probe the dynamism
and chemistry of religion.
At a Janus time in South African religious history there
is a need for catharsis. For healing to take place one
needs the roots of religion in this country and reflect on
the origin of religion as such. Only then will people be
able to move forward, to initiate creative new develop-
ments in religious experience and thought.
The author poses the question whether it is possible
to enter a new era in religious history and construct
‘a new mandala, a new inclusive consciousness, a new
sense of the interdependence of all things – without the
tyranny of closure’.
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Drumbeats: Sounds of Zion in the Cape Flats
Hennie Pretorius
Zion – the City of God in the city of man
African indigenous churches form a striking part of
the phenomenal growth of Christian churches on the
African continent. Yet, much confusion abounds re-
garding these churches. Drumbeats: Sounds of Zion in
the Cape Flats provides deep insight into the experience
of the Christian faith of the Zionists. Their initiatives
in Christian mission play a significant role in the
planting of the Christian church and the expansion of
Christianity in Africa.
The Cape Flats township is the specific regional his-
torical context, but the scope is widened to include the
broader movement in South Africa and Christianity in
black Africa.
The Zionists present a lively and vital form of the
Christian mission – an alternative to conventional
mission agencies. Their uniqueness and attraction lie
in their view of Zion as a safe refuge in a Xhosa
religio-cultural perspective. In the harsh urban condi-
tions of the Cape Flats Zion becomes the new and
holy homestead, the City of God, where he provides
for, heals and protects his people.
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Frontiers of African Christianity: Essays in honour
of Inus Daneel
Greg Cuthbertson, Hennie Pretorius and
Dana Robert (eds)
This book showcases recent reflexive research on
African Christianity that draws inspiration from the
career of Inus Daneel. It evocatively brings together
the indigenous knowledges of church leaders and
chiefs with various scholarly constructions of African
Initiated Churches (AICs) in South Africa, Zimbabwe
and Malawi to extend the limits of research in this
field. The anthology includes cutting-edge analyses by
leading specialists – Tinyiko Maluleke, Stan Nuss-
baum, Matthew Schoffeleers, Janet Hodgson, Solo-
mon Zvanaka, Hennie Pretorius and Allan Anderson.
The product of a missionary home and fluent in
Shona, Inus Daneel became fascinated by the
interplay among African traditional religions, Shona
culture and Christianity. He moved into the Shona
communal lands among members of AICs as a
participant-observer in order to gain a better under-
standing of their spirituality.
Over several decades, despite civil war, shattered
finances, family traumas and the disapproval of his
peers in the Dutch Reformed Church, Daneel pursued
his relationship with the Shona Independent Church-
es. Instead of simply pursuing a career as an academic,
Inus Daneel became a folk theologian – studying, in-
terpreting and seeking to articulate the contextualised
theologies of the Shona indigenous churches.
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From Jesus Christ to Christianity:
Early Christian literature in context
Gerhard van den Heever and Eben Scheffler (eds)
Where and when did Christianity begin? What role
did Jesus of Nazareth play in the origins of Christian-
ity? Where does early Christian literature fit into this?
The popular picture of Christian origins seems to
dictate obvious answers to these seemingly elementary
questions. Historical reflection and scholarship during
the past two centuries have convincingly demon-
strated that all is not so simple. Christianity might be
a religion of the Book. It might also be a religion of a
person. Viewed historically, however, the link between
Jesus Christ and Christianity is not as secure as might
seem at first glance. Early Christian literature, too,
does not provide immediate access to the origins of
Christianity or the person of Jesus Christ. Rather, early
Christian discourse presents an astonishing variety
of religious imaginings of social formation and world
making, in the course of which Christian culture and
images of Jesus Christ were constructed in dialogue
with social and cultural contexts.
From Jesus Christ to Christianity is therefore a book
about contexts: contexts of book, person and religion.
It presents a concise yet comprehensive survey of the
Graeco-Roman context and cultural frameworks from
which Christianity was born. It includes a survey
of the historical figure of Jesus and the scholarly
constructions of him. It also offers a comprehensive
survey of early Christian literature in its contexts.
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religion and theology
Malihambe: Let the word spread
J A Millard
This book is a collection of profiles of 30 early African
church leaders from different denominations. The
first missionaries, the Moravians, had established a
mission station in South Africa as early as 1737, but it
was only after 1800 that work by various missionary
societies and denominations really began.
Although the missionaries were dedicated to the task
of spreading the Gospel, the Christian church would
not have been planted so successfully without the
help of indigenous South African converts who were
familiar with the language and culture of the people to
whom they preached. These men and women, some-
times referred to in official documents as ‘evangelists’,
were every bit as dedicated to spreading the Gospel as
the missionaries, but little is known about their work.
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Soft cover, 1999, 88pp
ISBN 1 86888 052 4
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God’s wisdom and human reason: The development
of theology as a discipline in medieval texts
B Gaybba
The purpose of this book is to introduce undergraduate
students to the most significant phases of the develop-
ment of theology as a discipline in medieval times: the
revival of learning in the eighth to the tenth centu-
ries; the older, monastic type of theology (focusing
on the crucial role played by love in enlightening
the theologian’s mind); the tensions caused by the
emerging scholastic form of theology in the twelfth
and thirteenth centuries; the rise of scholasticism, and
an examination of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century
debates about the nature of theological knowledge.
The book also examines the procedural methods
proper to theology, the ‘scientific’ character of theology
and the sort of activities that can be regarded as truly
‘theological’. The causes of the decline of theological
creativity in the fifteenth century are discussed briefly.
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God is a community.
A general survey of Christianity
Brian Gaybba
The present work offers a new synthesis of the entire
spectrum of the Christian faith, showing its inner uni-
ty, vibrancy and relevance. As such it is a work of a type
that rarely appears these days: a systematic exposition
of the Christian faith that goes beyond a mere compila-
tion of the views of others. It achieves this through the
consistent use of a key concept: the community that
love creates. The work shows how love’s power to unite
and transform all that it unites can illuminate every
aspect of the Christian faith.
Moreover, the work deliberately sets out to present
Christian beliefs in a way that transcends the tradition-
al divisions of Western Christianity. At the same time,
it notes where important differences remain while also
pointing out directions in which they can be overcome.
Written in an eminently readable style, suitable as a
basic text for theological students of all denomina-
tions while also being accessible to anyone wishing to
explore the depths of the Christian faith.
The author, a Roman Catholic, is Emeritus Professor
of Systematic Theology at Rhodes University and has
spent his entire academic career teaching theology in
an ecumenical context.
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A man with a shadow. The life and times of
Professor Z K Matthews: A missiological
interpretation in context
Willem A Saayman
This book traces the remarkable career of Zachariah
Keodirelang Matthews, and provides a contextual
missiological perspective on the life and times of this
multifaceted South African. An anthropologist and
lawyer by training, he spent a year at Union Theo-
logical Seminary in New York as visiting professor of
World Christianity. He made a significant contribution
to the Cottesloe Consultation of the World Council
of Churches (WCC) in Johannesburg (1960) and was
eventually appointed African director of one of the
WCC programmes in Geneva. As a well-known lay
Christian leader, he played a major role in shaping
African responses to Christianity in the mainline (mis-
sion) churches.
Willem Saayman’s study is based on careful archival
research within a sophisticated theoretical framework
informed by current debates about interdisciplinar-
ity. It will therefore appeal to a wide readership in the
fields of Religious Studies, History, Education and
Sociology.
This book is part of the series of publications on Afri-
can Initiatives in Christian Mission.
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Moya: The Holy Spirit in an African context
Allan Anderson
Spirit power in African theology: a mere extension of
African magic or spirit powers? Or a genuine under-
standing of the work of the Holy Spirit as an active
personal force? Allan Anderson takes issue with the
theories of a number of prominent missiologists and
anthropologists who have studied African pneumatol-
ogy.
The focus is mainly on the African Independent
Churches of the prophetic type and on African Pente-
costal churches – some with and others without links
with Western Pentecostal churches. All these churches
share an emphasis on the inspiration and revelation
of the Holy Spirit and are therefore appropriately
referred to as ‘Spirit-type churches’.
Special attention is given to the work of the Holy
Spirit in relation to African power concepts and to
the African spirit world, particularly the ancestors. A
fair yet critical assessment of relevant literature leads
Anderson to the conclusion that the source and inspi-
ration behind the prophetic practices of the Spirit-type
churches are not an impersonal, manipulable power,
but an active personal force, the biblical Holy Spirit.
The manifestations of Spirit power should therefore
not be interpreted one-sidedly, but as the good news of
God’s Holy Spirit which provides the ultimate answer
to the African quest for power.
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Soft cover, 1991, 152pp
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Open to the world: Rethinking the character and
task of Christian theology for the third millennium
J A (Bobby) Loubser
As we experience a massive reorganisation of cultural
patterns owing to globalisation’ and the impact of
historical Christianity is declining, Loubser invites the
reader to rethink the place and function of theology as
a discipline.
The various issues are analysed succinctly and tren-
chantly in three parts. Part 1 investigates the nature
of culture, religion and science. It discusses culture in
‘its primordial and developed stages and the symboli-
cal reconstruction of reality through mental concepts
represented by secondary media’.
In part 2 the author concentrates on the role of
theology within a theory of culture. This section is
subdivided into ‘Theology as scientific culture’, ‘Theol-
ogy and faith’ and ‘The epistemology of theology’. He
distinguishes between sacred theology, secular theology,
partially compromised theology and dialectical theol-
ogy and insists that consistent empirical research must
take primacy of place in order to raise the current state
of theology from the ‘ghetto of meaningless, pious, ba-
sically unconcerned, embedded scholastic dispositions’.
The third part looks at the relationship between the
historical, systematic and practical dimensions and
their position within the context of the theological
discipline.
Item 1241
Soft cover, 1991, 152pp
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religion and theology
Science and theology since Copernicus:
The search for understanding
Peter Barrett
This is the story of the fascinating debate between
modern science and Christian belief. It surveys the
rise of modern science and its main course over the
past four centuries; describes some of the associated
theological questions and background thought; out-
lines the present discourse; and suggests a way to place
the world-picture of science within a wider context of
meaning and value.
This book deals briefly with three major shifts in
the Western understanding of the world since the
mid-sixteenth century, and their significance for the
world-view and doctrine of the Christian Church.
These shifts are associated with the Scientific Revolu-
tion (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries), Darwin’s
theory of evolution (nineteenth century), and the New
Physics (twentieth century). Each has had profound
implications for theology as it seeks to provide a coher-
ent account of the creation, nature and meaning of the
universe.
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Soft cover, 2000, 200pp
ISBN 1 86888 148 2
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Religion in life orientation
(revised edition)
Chrissie Steyn
This facilitator’s multireligion guide for the founda-
tional school phase deals with the following issues:
What is religious education? How should young
children be introduced to the beliefs and customs of
different religions? How can attitudes of tolerance
and respect be fostered in children? How should the
educator deal with multireligion education?
Educators of young children, students of education,
and lecturers at teacher training colleges will find this
book an invaluable aid.
Religion in life orientation is a practical guide to reli-
gious education in the classroom and is geared to age-
appropriate and child-centred instruction. It meets all
the requirements of outcomes-based education (OBE)
and the Revised National Curriculum Statement.
Item 7165
Soft cover, reprinted 2004, 208pp
ISBN 1 86888 275 6
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Preaching in a context of poverty (reprint)
H J C Pieterse
All South Africans are free under the new political
dispensation. However, there is one enormous prob-
lem which makes it impossible for most people in this
country to achieve and enjoy a good life. This obstacle
is the problem of poverty. This book gives an empirical
and theological report on the situation with a view
to developing a homiletical theory for praxis which
will help preachers to proclaim the gospel message
meaningfully in a context of poverty. Meaningfully
implies that preaching must give Christians hope and
inspiration for a vision of liberation from poverty.
In the process of developing this homiletical theory
the reader will be taken on a journey of understanding
the poverty situation, discovering the interpretation of
the biblical message for his or her context, engaging
in the development of a diaconal church and the con-
crete praxis of preaching combined with development
projects by the poor.
Available in Afrikaans as Prediking in ’n konteks van
armoede.
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Soft cover 2001, 140pp
ISBN 1 86888 162 8
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Skep die skip leeg en ander vroeë Boeddhistiese
gedigte: ’n Vertaling uit Pali van die Sutta Nipata
J S Krüger
Die Sutta Nipata word gereken as een van die groot
erfenisse uit die religieuse geskiedenis van die mens.
Die kern van die Sutta Nipata dateer uit die heel vroeë
Boeddhisme in Indië; dele daarvan gaan waarskynlik
terug tot op die woorde van die Boeddha self – dit wil
sê tot so 2 500 jaar gelede. Die leser vind in hierdie ge-
digte die wortels van ’n gesofistikeerde filosofie wat die
Boeddhisme deur sy hele geskiedenis geïnspireer het.
Die vertaling in Afrikaans is gedoen uit die grondtaal
Pali, wat nou verwant is aan Sanskrit. Afrikaans met sy
natuurlike eenvoud en bondigheid sluit besonder goed
aan by die karakter van die oorspronklike Pali-gedigte.
Afrikaanstaliges wat hulle op die drempel van ’n nuwe
era bevind, tastend na die nuwe, maar met ’n waarder-
ing vir die ou en groot religieuse tradisies van die
mensheid, sal hulself en hul soeke sonder sekuriteit in
hierdie verse herken.
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Sagteband, 1999, 215pp
ISBN 1 86888 142 3
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religion and theology
Touching the heart: Xhosa missionaries to Malawi,
1876–1888
T Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson’s deeply moving account of the
nineteenth-century Lovedale mission to Malawi
revolutionises the stereotype of missionaries in colonial
southern Africa. The author meticulously recon-
structs the stories of the first four Xhosa evangelists
– men who sacrificed their health, families and lives
to plant the Presbyterian Church among the Ngoni.
Multilingual and confident that the gospel was meant
for African people, the Xhosa missionaries acted as
cultural bridges between African and European world-
views. Yet until now, their contributions to the planting
of Christianity in Malawi have been obscured by the
Eurocentric, colonialist focus of old-fashioned mission
history.
This book is part of the series of publications on Afri-
can Initiatives in Christian Mission.
Item 5447
Soft cover, 2000, 230pp
ISBN 1 86888 140 7
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Winner: Hiddingh-Currie Award for Academic Excellence
Sweeping whirlwinds. A study of religious change:
Reformed religion and civil religion in the city of
Pretoria (Tshwane) (1855–2000)
J S Krüger
This book coincides with the one hundred and fiftieth
anniversary of the city of Pretoria (Tshwane). This a
comprehensive account of the religious history of this
major South African city, poised on the brink of a new
epoch.
It encapsulates the changes from a hegemonic
Reformed society in the nineteenth century, through
the modernisation and pluralisation of South African
society in the twentieth century as well as the rise and
fall of apartheid in the latter half of that century, to a
tentative entry into a new religious and civic epoch.
It records the role of various forms of civil religion in
the making of South African society uniquely repre-
sented in the city of Pretoria (Tshwane). It also records
the roles in the religious landscape of the city of nu-
merous other Christian churches and movements.
Other religions such as African religion, Judaism,
Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, and diverse religious
groupings such as theosophy, are woven into the story
of the rich religious tapestry of the city.
This volume is a complementary volume to Along
edges. Religion in South Africa: Bushman, Christian,
Buddhist. See Catalogue p28.
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Sciences
Cracking the sky: A history of rocket science in
South Africa
Desmond Prout-Jones
This is the incredible journey of the joys and sorrows of
a group of rocket scientists in South Africa. The story
begins with an 11-year-old boy whose imagination was
ignited by an unusual hobby: rocketry. Although filled
with enthusiasm, he soon realised that his passion was
a trying one to pursue. Information on the subject was
complex and components for his rockets were difficult
to acquire.
Where he first experimented on his own, he soon
discovered that there were other rocketry enthusiasts.
What started out as a small group of people later made
an impressive team who encouraged one another,
and stretched and challenged one another’s imagina-
tion. Hours and hours went by as they studied all the
relevant material they could possibly lay their hands on.
They repeatedly modified and fine-tuned the models
they had built, and re-calculated their efforts until
everything performed as they had envisioned.
But new breakthroughs usually attract frustrations.
This chronicle is no different. The intrepid team met
resistance as the government hampered these young
scientists’ projects, theatening to terminate their efforts.
This was heartbreaking news, since the team was only
two years behind the Americans in their investigations,
despite not enjoying the support of the government and
having limited funds at their disposal.
Item 6847
Soft cover, 2002, 192pp
ISBN 1 86888 203 9
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Zion and Pentecost: The spirituality end experience
of Pentecostal and Zionist/Apostolic churches in
South Africa
Allan Anderson
This publication is a comprehensive cross-disciplinary
study of African Pentecostalism in a South African
urban environment. It provides an overview of the
context, significance and growth of African Pentecostal
and Zionist churches in South Africa, and compares
the worship and liturgy of different Pentecostal and
Zionist churches. Patterns of recruitment and growth
are examined, as well as the role of preaching and
hermeneutics in these churches.
The author also examines the interaction between
African Pentecostalism and traditional religious beliefs
and practices, including the spirit world, the ancestors,
traditional divination and healing, and burial rites. The
author concludes with the challenges these African
forms of Christianity pose to the whole church in its
message and mission.
This book is part of the series of publications on Afri-
can Initiatives in Christian Mission.
Item 5448
Soft cover, 2000, 352pp
ISBN 1 86888 143 1
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religion and theology
Transfigured night: Mission and culture in
Zimbabwe’s vigil movement
Titus Leonard Presler
From the dusk-to-dawn preachings of Anglicans and
Methodists to the nocturnal fire-walking of Marange
Apostles, a grassroots movement of all-night vigils has
catalysed a dynamic religious renewal among mission-
founded and African Initiated churches in Zimbabwe
since the liberation war. With vivid narrative and close
analysis, Titus Presler explores how the movement
transformed its roots in Shona Spirit Religion and
the guerrillas’ wartime rallies into a powerful force
for Christian mission. From the night vigils, Presler
offers a new perspective on the interaction of religion
and culture in the development of authentic African
Christianity. This work is significant in-depth studies
in recent years on the contextualisation/inculturation
of the African church.
This book is part of the series of publications on Afri-
can Initiatives in Christian Mission.
Item 6458
Soft cover, 1999, 350pp
ISBN 1 86888 051 6
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