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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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 Evangelicals and Democracy in Mozambique

 Evangelicals and Democracy in Mozambique

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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa

Terence O. Ranger

Teresa Cruz e Silva

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the dynamics of religious and political interaction in the context of rapid social and political change, focusing particularly on evangelical Christianity. It does this by contrasting two case studies. The first is of the United Methodist Church in Mozambique — a church whose history and political significance are increasingly well known. The second is of the Zionist churches in Maputo City and, in particular, in the Luis Cabral suburb. The chapter considers economic and political transitions since independence and the role of evangelical Christians in the peace process and in sustaining a democratic society. It is argued that both Methodists and Zionists have played a key role in securing peace and enabling democracy.

Keywords:   evangelicalism, United Methodist Church, Zionist churches, Methodists, Zionists, Maputo City, Luis Cabral

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