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The Equality of Believers - Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa (Hardcover) Loot Price: R281
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The Equality of Believers - Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa (Hardcover)

Richard Elphick

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From the beginning of the nineteenth century through 1960, Protestant missionaries were the most important intermediaries between South Africa’s ruling white minority and its black majority. The Equality of Believers reconfigures the narrative of race in South Africa by exploring the pivotal role played by these missionaries and their teachings in shaping that nation’s history.

The missionaries articulated a universalist and egalitarian ideology derived from New Testament teachings that rebuked the racial hierarchies endemic to South African society. Yet white settlers, the churches closely tied to them, and even many missionaries evaded or subverted these ideas. In the early years of settlement, the white minority justified its supremacy by equating Christianity with white racial identity. Later, they adopted segregated churches for blacks and whites, followed by segregationist laws blocking blacks’ access to prosperity and citizenship – and, eventually, by the ambitious plan of social engineering that was apartheid.

Providing historical context reaching back to 1652, Elphick concentrates on the era of industrialisation, segregation, and the beginnings of apartheid in the first half of the twentieth century. The most ambitious work yet from this renowned historian, Elphick’s book reveals the deep religious roots of racial ideas and initiatives that profoundly shaped the history of South Africa.

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Imprint: University Of Kwazulu-Natal Press
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: October 2012
Authors: Richard Elphick
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 32mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 437
ISBN-13: 978-1-86914-239-1
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LSN: 1-86914-239-X
Barcode: 9781869142391

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