EDITORIAL This double volume contains an exceptionally rich range of materials on a wide variety of topics. Articles, reviews and reports on a number of recent conferences all indicate the continuing vitality of the study of religion in Africa. The two articles on South Africa explore religious issues in the post- apartheid nation. Anthony Balcomb’s study serves to emphasise the importance of Evangelicalism as a separate strand in South African Christianity: distinct from the established Churches which gured cen- trally in the political struggle against apartheid; distinct from the African Instituted Churches; distinct, also, from classical Pentecostalism, while sharing the Pentecostal emphasis on the gifts of the Spirit. The article explores the diversity of Evangelical attitudes to the apartheid political struggle and to church-state engagement in the new South Africa. One particular cause for concern for Evangelicals as a whole has been what they perceive to be the social permissiveness of the new Constitution, in particular with regard to homosexual rights and abortion. Sindre Bangstad’s article also explores the ways in which a religious group has begun to adjust to social change over the last decade, in this case the Cape Muslim community. The resulting ‘democratisation of
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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