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Living at the edge of empire: can Christianity prevail and be effective? A theological response to the historical struggle between empire and Christianity

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dc.contributor.author Botha, Nico
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-20T08:37:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-20T08:37:49Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.citation Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol 37, Supplement, pp 133-155 en
dc.identifier.issn 10170499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5656
dc.description Peer reviewed. en
dc.description.abstract This study is an historical delineation of the struggle between empire and Christianity. After presenting characteristics of hegemony, empire and Christianity, imperialistic tendencies and empire are described historically in terms of the domination of the private, social, economic and military worlds of nations. America’s predispositions regarding empire and colonialism, South Africa’s (neo-) colonialism and leanings toward empire in Africa, and the reactions of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Lutheran World Federation are researched and portrayed. The historical research is underscored by a perspective on the concerns surrounding gospel and empire. The study concludes with a theological perspective on Christ’s reign over the entire world, and a brief reflection on how the injustice and self-enrichment of the empire is conquered by his love, service and justice, and the transformative engagement of Christianity with empire. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.title Living at the edge of empire: can Christianity prevail and be effective? A theological response to the historical struggle between empire and Christianity en
dc.type Article en


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