Faith Negotiating Loyalties: An Exploration of South African Christianity Through a Reading of the Theology of H. Richard Niebuhr

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University Press of America, 2008 - History - 264 pages
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Faith Negotiating Loyalties draws readers into the world of Christian faith in South Africa and the question of loyalties in the new post-apartheid state. It carries out its investigation in two parts. Part one examines Christian faith and loyalty during the first nation-building exercise following the South African War, positioning the creation and contestation of three Christianities corresponding to three nationalisms, each of which imagined South Africa in a particular way, shaping faith accordingly. The idea of an undifferentiated South African Christianity gives way to contesting and contested Christianities, nationalism gives way to nationalisms, and faith emerges in tension with and in criticism of these loyalties. Part two discusses the American theologian H. Richard Niebuhr in South Africa. Three kinds of faith in his wittings are set forth: social faith, radial faith, and reconstructing faith. Contextualized within the South African story, Niebuhr's ideas suggest self and society as constituted by hybridities and suspended in a web of loyalties. Faith Negotiating Loyalties suggests the message for faith in a post-apartheid South Africa is the importance of negotiating covenants which allow for crossings, hybridities, and contestations.
  

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Contents

Faith Nationalism and Loyalty in South Africa
20
South African Nationalism The One and the Many
31
Afrikaner Nationalism Myth and Mobilisation
50
African Nationalism Mission and Politics
68
Reflection and Transition
84
Reading H Richard Niebuhr in South Africa
89
Christian America and Culture Protestantism
90
Entangling Faith and Social Ideal
112
Radical Faith in History and Community
155
Faith Engaging Culture
181
Reconstructing Faith and the Renewal of Covenant
200
Points of Return
233
Points of Return
234
Select Bibliography
243
Index
256
About the Author
265

Radical Faith and the Crisis of American Christianity
133

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Stephen W. Martin is Associate Professor of Theology at the King's College in Edmonton, Alberta.

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