KIMBANGUISM AT THE GRASS ROOTS Beliefs in a local Kimbanguist Church BY ANDRÉ DROOGERS (Faculdade de Teologia, S � o Leopoldo, Brazil) Much has been written about the history of the Kimbanguist movement in Zaire, but comparatively little is known about today's s Kimbanguists. Marie-Louise Martin, who is an author on Kim- banguism as well as a member of the Kimbanguist Church, Eglise de Jesus Christ sur la Terre par le Proph?te Simon Kimbangu (EJCSK) (The Church of Jesus Christ on Earth through the Proph- et Simon Kimbangu), confines herself in her book to the opinions of the elite of the church. Her book is therefore not only a documen- tation on Kimbanguism but also a Kimbanguist document. As she puts it: "instead of judging the church by what individual Chris- tians say, we must pay attention to the authoritative leaders and to the tendency revealed in the total life of the church".' Though she states that Kimbanguist beliefs and theology are "still in flux" 2 she does not allow for the integration of the ideas of the "simple people within the Kimbanguist Church" 3 into her account of Kimbanguist beliefs. On the contrary. She goes to great
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1980
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