Max Yergan Encounters South Africa: Theological Perspectives On Race

Max Yergan Encounters South Africa: Theological Perspectives On Race MAX YERGAN ENCOUNTERS SOUTH AFRICA: THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACE  DAVID HENRY ANTHONY, III (University of California, Santa Cruz) ABSTRACT While scholarship on the missionary encounter with Southern Africa has grown ever more sophisticated over the last decade, with a few notable exceptions schol- ars have tended to ignore religious traditions other than those of the ‘historic’ European churches. This paper sheds light upon one such overlooked tradition, that of the African-American sojourner Max Yergan (1892-1975), who worked in South Africa between 1922 and 1936 under the auspices of the North American YMCA. While he is known generally as a public fi gure who subsequently exerted in fl uence upon a surprisingly broad range of political actors and events in and beyond South Africa, little has been written about a body of texts that help to reveal the evolution of his social thought and practice in South Africa. For nearly fi fteen years Yergan left behind a trail of writings (which hitherto have not been explored) in local and overseas publications, together with numerous rich caches of correspondence, and inspired reportage in YMCA, Student Christian Association (SCA), African training school and mission periodicals. Much of this work was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Religion in Africa Brill

Max Yergan Encounters South Africa: Theological Perspectives On Race

Journal of Religion in Africa, Volume 34 (3): 235 – Jan 1, 2004

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MAX YERGAN ENCOUNTERS SOUTH AFRICA: THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACE  DAVID HENRY ANTHONY, III (University of California, Santa Cruz) ABSTRACT While scholarship on the missionary encounter with Southern Africa has grown ever more sophisticated over the last decade, with a few notable exceptions schol- ars have tended to ignore religious traditions other than those of the ‘historic’ European churches. This paper sheds light upon one such overlooked tradition, that of the African-American sojourner Max Yergan (1892-1975), who worked in South Africa between 1922 and 1936 under the auspices of the North American YMCA. While he is known generally as a public fi gure who subsequently exerted in fl uence upon a surprisingly broad range of political actors and events in and beyond South Africa, little has been written about a body of texts that help to reveal the evolution of his social thought and practice in South Africa. For nearly fi fteen years Yergan left behind a trail of writings (which hitherto have not been explored) in local and overseas publications, together with numerous rich caches of correspondence, and inspired reportage in YMCA, Student Christian Association (SCA), African training school and mission periodicals. Much of this work was

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