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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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 Foundations for Democracy in Zimbabwean Evangelical Christianity

 Foundations for Democracy in Zimbabwean Evangelical Christianity

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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa

Terence O. Ranger

Isabel Mukonyora

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the broad range of ideas and groups associated with evangelical faith and how they shape attitudes to politics and promote active participation in the quest for democracy in Zimbabwe. It begins with a discussion of the beliefs of what could be called “other-worldly Christians” or those individuals reluctant to reflect on the way their beliefs shape their politics and who reinforce the status quo, believing they are avoiding politics altogether. It describes the religious concerns of the Masowe Apostles in a way that demonstrates that certain important differences notwithstanding, significant common ground exists between them and mainstream evangelicals. It also discusses how gender influences the quest for democracy.

Keywords:   evangelicalism, Zimbabwe, other-worldly Christians, evangelical Christians, Masowe Apostles, gender

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