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The palace, the parish and the power : church-state relations in Rwanda and the genocide

Show simple item record Kumalo, Simangaliso Raymond 2011-07-01T09:21:08Z 2011-07-01T09:21:08Z 2007
dc.identifier.citation Kumalo, S. 2007, 'The palace, the parish and the power: Church-State relations in Rwanda and the genocide', Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. XXXIII, no. 2, pp. 211-233. en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.description Peer reviewed en
dc.description.abstract This article describes the church and state relations in Rwanda and their impact on the genocide. Drawing on interviews conducted with three Rwandan theological students, it argues that the ambiguous role played by the church in the Rwandan genocide was a result of the lack of a clear and balanced model of church and state relations at the time. The article observes that the Rwandan church’s tendency to side with the state, as a way of finding security and power to achieve its missionary goals determined the church’s response to the genocide. It argues that being trapped by ambitions for power and security the church got into a series of promiscuous relationships with the state, Tutsis and Hutus that ultimately corrupted its vision and mission. Drawing on interviews1 and literature the article concludes that the role of the church in Rwanda during the genocide was a culmination of a lack of a clear and informed model of relating to the state. It draws lessons that can be learned by other African churches in other countries on how they can relate to their governments without losing their integrity. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (23 unnumbered pages) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.subject Parish and power en
dc.subject Rwandan genocide en
dc.subject Churches en
dc.subject.ddc 261.8331510967571
dc.subject.lcsh Church and social problems -- Rwanda en
dc.subject.lcsh Genocide -- Rwanda en
dc.subject.lcsh Genocide -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Church and state -- Rwanda en
dc.title The palace, the parish and the power : church-state relations in Rwanda and the genocide en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Research Institute for Theology and Religion en

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