oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Is Somhlolo's dream a scandal for Swazi hegemony? The Christian clause debate re-examined in the context of prospects for religious accommodation
|Article Title||Is Somhlolo's dream a scandal for Swazi hegemony? The Christian clause debate re-examined in the context of prospects for religious accommodation|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Theology and Religious Studies, University of Swaziland|
|Publication Date||Nov 2005|
|Pages||441 - 458|
|Keyword(s)||Bloody religious wars, Celestial power, Fundamentalist interpreters, Historical churches, Integrative approach, Military strategy, Political philosophy, Reading of Somhlolo's dream, Socio-economic and Zionists|
Evangelical scholars and some Zionist sentiments have declared Swaziland a Christian country. The ideological foundation of this ambitious call is King Somhlolo's dream on the coming of the white missionaries and settlers to Swaziland. This paper argues that the King's dream need not be subjected to a particular, monolithic interpretation. A literal interpretation of .the dream has the potential of landing Swaziland into a religiously polarised scenario. This paper gives pointers to two alternative readings of the dream, while arguing that the dominant or popular interpretation seems unhelpful in the creation of community in the kingdom of Swaziland.
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