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Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan
Civil War, Migration, and the Rise of Dinka Anglicanism

By Jesse A. Zink

Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan
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Hardback, 275 pages $49.95
Published: 1st November 2018
ISBN: 9781481308229
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Religious Studies, Mission/Evangelism, World Religions

Amidst a catastrophic civil war that began in 1983 and ended in 2005, many Dinka people in Sudan repudiated their inherited religious beliefs and embraced a vibrant Anglican faith. Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan chronicles the emergence of this grassroots religious movement, arguing that Christianity afforded the Dinka new resources that allowed them to cope with a rapidly changing world and also answers to the spiritual questions that war raised.

Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan is rooted in extensive fieldwork in South Sudan, complemented by research in the archives of South Sudanese churches and international humanitarian organizations. The result is a detailed profile of what Christianity means to a society in the middle of intense crisis and trauma, with a particular focus on the roles of young people and women, and the ways in which the arrival of a new faith transformed existing religious traditions.

Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan stakes out a new field of inquiry in African Christianity. Jesse Zink has written a must-read for all interested in the ongoing crises in Africa and, in particular, the vexed relationship between civil war and religion.

"Zink provides one of the most richly documented and ‘insiderly’ accounts of an African conversion movement to date. Combining an extensive oral archive of song, sermon and prophetic utterance with the personal papers of many of the key figures, he charts the full chronological sequence of religious change within Dinka religion. The result is a remarkable account of the social and cultural transformation of a people who for the most part had been resistant Western missionaries but were led into an act of collective repentance by their own Christian prophets in response to the violence and forced migration of Sudan’s Second Civil War."

—David Maxwell, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Emmanuel College Cambridge

Jesse Zink is Principal at Montreal Diocesan Theological College.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 275 pages
 9in x 6in

  HIS001030, REL003000, REL015000
 Baylor University Press

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