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A history of the Dutch Reformed Church in Zimbabwe : with special reference to the Chinhoyi Congregation

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dc.contributor.advisor Landman, Christina
dc.contributor.advisor Millard, J. A. Pretorius, Shirley Frances en 2015-01-23T04:24:07Z 2015-01-23T04:24:07Z 1999 en
dc.identifier.citation Pretorius, Shirley Frances (1999) A history of the Dutch Reformed Church in Zimbabwe : with special reference to the Chinhoyi Congregation, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This history which spans the period 1836 -1995, gives a picture of the Dutch Reformed Church in Zimbabwe which evolved from the missionary endeavour of the mother church in South Africa into an independent autonomous church. It is a story of Dutch (Afrikaner) piety in which the most important components are evangelisation, education and language, the whole of which was, and is still, influenced by the evangelical piety of Andrew Murray. With regard to the education of their children, the Dutch Reformed members believed that Christian education in the mother tongue was the ideal. This world view, together with the Protestant principle, that people should read and interpret Scripture for themselves, resulted in the establishment of three churches in Zimbabwe. Firstly, the Dutch Reformed Church (Synod of Central Africa), that ministers to the Afrikaans and English members of all races. Secondly, the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe that ministers to the Shona people, and thirdly the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (Synod Malawi) that ministers to the migrant workers from Malawi. Of the three components in Dutch piety, evangelisation is regarded by the members as the most important in their missionary endeavour. This is the search for a contextual identity and illustrates how the Afrikaners in Zimbabwe experienced the reality of God in their lives. It is also a description of the interaction of the Dutch Reformed Church in Zimbabwe with the society in which it found itself. This interaction is observed to be of four types, namely, public witness, social upliftment and empowerment, the increase of social strength and the establishment of the community. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 302 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Afrikaners
dc.subject Afrikaans language
dc.subject Boers' religion
dc.subject Christian National Education
dc.subject Christianity in Zimbabwe
dc.subject Civil War in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
dc.subject Dutch Reformed Church
dc.subject Zimbabwe
dc.subject Education in Rhodesia
dc.subject Evangelisation
dc.subject Missions
dc.subject Piety
dc.subject Pietism
dc.subject Protestant religion
dc.subject Andrew Murray
dc.subject Rhodesiese Christelike Vrouevereniging (RCW)
dc.subject South African reformed religion
dc.subject Voortrekkers
dc.subject.ddc 284.26891 en
dc.subject.lcsh Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk -- Zimbabwe -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Zimbabwe -- Church History en
dc.title A history of the Dutch Reformed Church in Zimbabwe : with special reference to the Chinhoyi Congregation en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Church History

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