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Mandela and the Methodists: Faith, fallacy and fact

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dc.contributor.author Forster, Dion
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-22T09:18:11Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-22T09:18:11Z
dc.date.issued 2014-08
dc.identifier.citation Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol 40, Supplement, pp 87-115 en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/14102
dc.description Peer reviewed en
dc.description.abstract The death of Nelson Mandela has once again focused the spotlight on his religious convictions and faith affiliation. Numerous academics, journalists, and interested members of faith communities have asked what Mr Mandela’s faith pers-pective was. It is clear that faith played a part in his life and this was evidenced in the events surrounding his death and funeral. Faith leaders, and in particular Christian leaders (such as Bishop Ivan Abrahams, Bishop Zipho Siwa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu), featured prominently in the public and private events surround¬ding Mr Mandela's death, memorial service and funeral. Nume¬rous media sources reported that the Mandela family, and Nelson Mandela in particular, were members of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. The Chaplain General of the Afri¬can National Congress is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, which also played some part in the role accorded to the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the public and private moments of ministry surrounding Mr Mandela’s death. This article considers Nelson Mandela’s faith biography in order to answer the following questions: Was Nelson Mandela a member of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa? What was his relationship to the church and the Christian faith? What lessons can we learn from this for the relationship between the church and the state in South Africa? en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.title Mandela and the Methodists: Faith, fallacy and fact en
dc.type Article en


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