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Christianity and Politics in Does Liberia

Gifford

Christianity and Politics in Does Liberia

Gifford

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This study examines the role of Christianity in Liberia under the corrupt rule of Samuel K. Doe (1980-90). Paul Gifford illustrates the relationship between mainline, evangelical, new Pentecostal and independent churches, and notes the strengths and weaknesses of each. He shows that, in general, Liberian Christianity - far from being a force for justice and human advancement - diverted attention from the causes of Liberia's ills, left change to God's miraculous intervention, encouraged obedience and acceptance of the status quo, and thus served to entrench Doe's power. In so doing, this Christianity, devised in the USA and promoted largely by American missionaries, helped to further the regional economic and political objectives of the US government which was committed to supporting Doe. The Lberian example is used to illustrate the difference between the kinds of Christianity to be found in Africa and in Latin America.

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This study examines the role of Christianity in Liberia under the corrupt rule of Samuel K. Doe (1980-90). Paul Gifford illustrates the relationship between mainline, evangelical, new Pentecostal and independent churches, and notes the strengths and weaknesses of each. He shows that, in general, Liberian Christianity - far from being a force for justice and human advancement - diverted attention from the causes of Liberia's ills, left change to God's miraculous intervention, encouraged obedience and acceptance of the status quo, and thus served to entrench Doe's power. In so doing, this Christianity, devised in the USA and promoted largely by American missionaries, helped to further the regional economic and political objectives of the US government which was committed to supporting Doe. The Lberian example is used to illustrate the difference between the kinds of Christianity to be found in Africa and in Latin America.
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Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. The Historical Context
  • 2. The Mainline Churches
  • 3. The Evangelical Churches
  • 4. The Faith Gospel Of Health And Wealth
  • 5. The Independent Churches
  • 6. The Geopolitical Context
  • 7. Conclusion.

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  • Catalogue Code 126423
  • Product Code 0521420296
  • EAN 9780521420297
  • Pages 368
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Apr 1993
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 24 mm
  • Weight 0.620kg

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