The AME Church and South Africa

Jay Riley Case

in An Unpredictable Gospel

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772322
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932528 | DOI:
The AME Church and South Africa

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This chapter analyzes the merger of the AME church with Mangena Mokone's Ethiopian movement in South Africa to show how the missionary movement brought to the surface unresolved questions in the AME church about race and civilization. Building on his work among freed people in the American south, Henry McNeal Turner was confident that black democratization in South Africa, assisted by cooperative AME missionaries, would produce a thriving and well-grounded movement. Other AME leaders worried that uncivilized African pastors needed guidance, supervision, and direction from civilized black missionaries from the United States. AME leaders reacted differently to this new movement of world Christianity in South Africa because they themselves were still not in agreement about what to make of a different movement of world Christianity: African-American evangelicalism.

Keywords: African American; AME church; Mangena Mokone; Henry McNeal Turner; South Africa; missionary; world Christianity; race; civilization; democratization

Chapter.  11340 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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