South Africa

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Abstract

The chapter provides an analysis of the Anglican Church in South Africa from the end of the 80s to nowadays, it highlights trends in growth and decline of its membership in those decades and it offers an explanation of those data in light of socio-political changes that are transforming the country and in light of more international trends.

The chapter has been developed around three sections and a conclusion. These are: 1. The chapter starts with a brief historical presentation of the Anglican Church in South Africa. This provides needed information in order to understand and clarify more recent changes and shifts. In particular, it introduces the reader to the specificities of the South African context and to the various ethnic and historical differences across provinces in the country.
2. The wider context for the South African church has changed hugely in recent decades with the passage from Apartheid to democracy. This section offers an analysis of the context and how it changed and it will attempt an explanation of why this also affected Christian denominations in different ways. How to explain these changes? In what ways the wider society facilitates or hinders church growth? 3 This section presents and investigates the challenges that Anglicanism faces in contemporary South Africa and overall it offers an in-depth analysis of the Church in relation to local and international trends.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrowth and Decline in the Anglican Communion
Subtitle of host publication1980 to the Present
EditorsDavid J. Goodhew
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages128-144
Number of pages17
Volume1
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781315585970
ISBN (Print)9781472433633, 9781472433640
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Contemporary Ecclesiology
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • Church
  • Anglicanism
  • Growth
  • Decline
  • Religion
  • Christianity

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