oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - A story of Christian piety in South Africa

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Evangelical conservatism in South Africa is a repository of many important stories which have yet to be told if we are to enlarge on what we know about local church history. What follows is a story of settler piety and its emphasis on ""God chooses . us"" which, in missionary piety,. changed to 'We have to choose for Jesus and an altemative lifestYle"". This piety, which was the motivating force in many religious people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, fixated on personal sin, hell-fear and soul-searching. This piety was genderised and racist, classist and, especially,masochist.

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