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Title:Christianity in Black and White: The Establishment of Protestant Churches in Southern Mozambique
Author:Harries, PatrickISNI
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:Protestant churches
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:http://lusotopie.sciencespobordeaux.fr/harries.pdf
Abstract:The historical roots of the Protestant Churches in southern Mozambique are to be found in South Africa, or, more precisely, in the industrial revolution that shook the region in the last third of the 19th century. This paper emphasizes African enterprise in the spread of Protestant denominations from South Africa to Mozambique and examines the ways in which Protestant missions expanded along linguistic corridors to open new mission fields. Migrants converted in South Africa constituted the spearhead of the evangelical drive into southern Mozambique. They were followed by European missionaries anxious to 'follow up' congregants or to bring to fruition the seeds of belief planted by migrant workers. The popularity of Protestantism rose when in 1899 over sixty thousand migrants returned from the Witwatersrand on the eve of the South African war. As migrants were also able to pay for the propagation of Christianity, southern Mozambique became an important centre for the spread of Protestant ideas and practices. Increasingly, these ideas and practices came into conflict with those of the Catholic colonial regime in Mozambique. Notes, ref., sum. in English, French and Portuguese (p. 617).