African Independent Churches Today: Kaleidoscope of Afro-Christianity

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This work is the result of multi-disciplinary research and field work on the African Independent/Indigenous Churches, which are the fastest-growing component of Afro-Christianity. Chapters by missiologists, theologians, anthropologists, psychologists, and a musicologist examine multi-colored religious movements.

Table of Contents


Part One: On the History of Afro-Christianity

Chapter 1: Considerations on Sources for Writing African Indigenous Church History, H.L. Pretorius

Chapter 2: African Independent Churches in Malawi - Background and Historical Development, C. M. Pauw

Chapter 3: Religious Freedom in Botswana - Zion Christian Church and the Nazareth Church, D. R. Boschman

Chapter 4: Evolving Harrist Views of the Prophet Harris, D. A. Shank

Chapter 5: Simungu Bafazini Shibe and the Formation of the Zulu Congregational Church, A. W. Z. Kuzwayo

Chapter 6: A Reformed African Indigenous Church?, R. J. R. van der Spuy

Part Two: On Healing in Afro-Christian Context

Chapter 7: Leaves of Healing - Christian Mission in the Context of African Witchcraft, H-J. Becken

Chapter 8: African Indigenous Healing, S.D., Edwards

Chapter 9: A Zionist Cleansing Ceremony - A Therapeutic Model for a Trauma-laden South Africa, H. Mkhize

Part Three: On Religious Communication in Afro-Christian Context

Chapter 10: Music and Leadership in Zionist Churches, M. Xulu

Chapter 11: Religious Communication - Prayer, Sacrifice and Divination, S. K. Mfusi

Chapter 12: The Interface Between Biblical Revelation and Extra-Biblical Revelation - An Axiom in the Development of African Indigenous Churches, S. W. D. Dube

Part Four: On Understanding, Self Understanding and Mutual Sharing in Afro-Christian Context

Chapter 13: In Search of Understanding - Anthropological Fieldwork Among Zulu Zionists in KwaMashu, M. Mohr

Chapter 14: "Zion" - Zionists doing Theology, D. C. van Zyl

Chapter 15: The Forces of Fire, A. S. van Niekerk

Chapter 16: Mutual Sharing as Liberation of "Mainline" and Independent Churches, B. A. Mazibuko

Part Five: On Orality in Afro-Christian Context

Chapter 17: Shembe Preaching - a Study in Oral Hermeneutics, J. A. Loubser

Chapter 18: From Veneration to Deification of Isaiah Shembe - Reflections on an Oral History, M. C. Kitshoff

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