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The 1978 Methodist Schism in Transkei : a missiological analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Kritzinger, J.N.J. Lungu, Maxwell Themba. en 2015-01-23T04:24:59Z 2015-01-23T04:24:59Z 1995-11 en
dc.identifier.citation Lungu, Maxwell Themba. (1995) The 1978 Methodist Schism in Transkei : a missiological analysis, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract In 1977 the Annual Conference of the Methodist Church of South Africa (MCSA) decided to discontinue its practice of sending messages of goodwill to the Heads of State of the Southern African region (including Transkei). The Prime Minister ofTranskei interpreted this resolution as implying the non-recognition ofTranskeian political independence, obtained from the Republic of South Africa in 1976, and expressed his intention to ban the MCSA in Transkei and replace it by the Methodist Church of Transkei (MCT) The thesis presents, in narrative form (Chapter 2), a detailed description of the process of the schism ( 12 January 1978 to 2 June 1978). Chapter 3 analyses the political and ecclesial context of the schism comprehensively by examining three main issues: the Methodist tradition in the Eastern Cape and Transkei, the Methodist tradition of pledging loyalty to the Head of State and the emergence of Transkei as a geo-political state. Chapter 4 focuses on the reaction of the Transkeian Methodists to the dispute between the Transkeian Government and the MCSA. The loyalties which influenced their reaction are identified and analysed. In this study the whole process of the schism is seen as an interplay between and clash of different loyalties. Chapter 5 reviews the different models and typologies used to explain and interpret the African Independent/Initiated Church movement. The aim is to identify the elements in these models which are relevant for an understanding of this schism. Chapter 6 concludes the study by considering five areas of missiological importance highlighted by the 1978 Methodist schism in Transkei, namely: ( 1) the research questions, (2) mission and unity, (3) mission and ethnic issues, (4) prophetic mission, and (5) prophetic ambivalence.
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 190 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Methodist Church of South Africa
dc.subject Methodist Church of Transkei
dc.subject Transkeian independence
dc.subject Homelands policy
dc.subject Nationalists
dc.subject Loyalists
dc.subject Black Ministers' Consultation
dc.subject.ddc 287.168791 en
dc.subject.lcsh Methodist Church -- South Africa -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Schism en
dc.subject.lcsh Methodist Church -- Missions -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Transkei (South Africa) -- Church history en
dc.title The 1978 Methodist Schism in Transkei : a missiological analysis en
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology D.Th. (Missiology) en

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