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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa$
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Terence O. Ranger

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174779.001.0001

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 President Frederick Chiluba and Zambia

 President Frederick Chiluba and Zambia

Evangelicals and Democracy in a “Christian Nation”

(p.95) 3 President Frederick Chiluba and Zambia
Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa

Terence O. Ranger

Isabel Apawo Phiri

Oxford University Press

Christians in general and evangelicals in particular have come to dominate Zambian politics. There are three reasons for this. First, Chiluba's regime fell far short of the expectations of those — particularly evangelicals — who supported the Christian nation idea at the beginning of his presidency. The second reason is that during Chiluba's presidency, once evangelicals were provoked to speak out on the Christian nation declaration, a more vibrant evangelical civil society emerged, which has been gaining confidence ever since and growing increasingly ready to play a political role. The third reason is that the old “two-kingdom” theology of the evangelical mission churches has come to be subverted by an African holism that makes no effective distinction between the spiritual and the material worlds. This chapter seeks to illustrate these general claims.

Keywords:   Zambian politics Christianity, Christians, evangelicalism, Chiluba, evangelical mission churches

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