Amidst a catastrophic civil war that began in 1983 and ended in
2005, many Dinka people in Sudan repudiated their inherited
religious beliefs and embraced a vibrant Anglican faith.
Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan chronicles the
emergence of this grassroots religious movement, arguing that
Christianity offered the Dinka new resources that allowed them to
cope with a rapidly changing world and provided answers to the
spiritual questions that war raised. Christianity and Catastrophe
in South Sudan is rooted in extensive fieldwork in South Sudan,
complemented by research in the archives of South Sudanese churches
and international humanitarian organizations. The result is a
detailed profile of what Christianity means to a society in the
middle of intense crisis and trauma, with a particular focus on the
roles of young people and women, and the ways in which the arrival
of a new faith transformed existing religious traditions.
Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan stakes out a new field
of inquiry in African Christianity. Jesse Zink has written a
must-read for all interested in the ongoing crises in Africa and,
in particular, the vexed relationship between violence and
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