n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Aspects of the history of the Church in Botswana, F. Nkomazana and L. Lanner (Eds.) : book review

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This book does not attempt to provide a comprehensive history of Christianity in Botswana. Rather, it deals with particular aspects of it, some in continuity with earlier work and others focussing on the impact of Christianity upon ordinary people. It includes contributions on ecumenical issues, the role of education, Christianity and culture, the role of medical services in church planting and society, Catholicism and ethics, African Initiated Churches (AICs), the Church and land, the role of women, language and demographics. A background theme is constituted by a reflection on the transportation of Christianity to Africa to save it from demise in Europe. Botswana has provided fertile ground for the writing of the history of Christianity. This particular volume marks a change in tone from its predecessors in the series moving away from institutional studies to the impact of Christianity on the powerless in society.

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