Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa

Terence O. Ranger

 

Synopsis

In recent decades, Christianity has acquired millions of new adherents in Africa, the region with the world's fastest-expanding population. What role has this development of evangelical Christianity played in Africa's democratic history? To what extent do its churches affect its politics? By taking a historical view and focusing specifically on the events of the past few years, Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa seeks to explore these questions, offering individual case studies of six countries: Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, and Mozambique.

Review

This impressive collection of essays represents a major contribution to the study of Africa's fast-growing Christianity, and to the larger question of the interface of religion and democracy. It deserves a wide audience. - Philip Jenkins

Author

Terence O. Ranger was a prominent African historian, focusing on the history of Zimbabwe. His work spanned the pre- and post-Independence period in Zimbabwe, from the 1960s to the present. He died in 2015.