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Christian Churches in Dahomey-Benin

A Study of Their Socio-Political Role
  • By Patrick Claffey
This book, divided into two broad sections, examines the state in the Republic of Benin and the socio-political role of the Christian churches. The first looks at the remarkable pre-colonial kingdom of Danxomέ and its place in the imagining of the modern contrat social b ninois. The second section looks at both the historical role of the mainline churches and the more recent development of a Christianisme b ninois.
The study concludes that the churches are above all a commentary upon the society in which they find themselves. Rather than an overt challenge to the state, they articulate social distress and the desire for a different future. In times of stress they may prove to be the only viable institutional buttress as well as the arbiter.
This study seeks to make a contribution to the understanding of the public role of Christian churches in Africa.

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9789004155725
    • Manufacturer: Brill Academic Pub
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9789004155725
    • Publication Date: 04/01/2007
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Patrick Claffey
    • Page Count: 328
    • Width: 6.59 inches
    • Height: 0.99 inches
    • Length: 9.52 inches
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