n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Christian warfare in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe: The Salvation Army and African liberation, 1891-1991, N.H. Murdoch : book review

Volume 43, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



One might be forgiven for thinking that the Salvation Army (SA) was at the forefront of the struggle for social and political justice as a result of the scant knowledge we have of its actual history. Our perceptions have often by coloured by peering through rose-coloured spectacles out of admiration for its achievements among the downtrodden in society. In this book, Norman Hutchinson implies that the 'Sally Arm' has capitalised on such perceptions. Certainly it has been extremely reticent regarding exposing valuable documentary sources to public scrutiny and even its servants have recoiled for offering too much information in interviews. Despite this, Murdoch, facing a long term life threatening struggle with Alzheimers disease, has provided an extremely credible and valuable contribution to the historiography on Salvationism in Zimbabwe, though not restricted to it.

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