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Those pietistic missionaries: a time to reconsider?

W. A. Saayman
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 17, No 1 | a1120 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v17i1.1120 | © 1996 W. A. Saayman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 July 1996 | Published: 02 August 1996

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W. A. Saayman,, South Africa

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It is generally recognised that pietistic missionaries made an enormous contribution to Christian mission world-wide. The author analyses the contribution of Afrikaans-speaking pietist missionaries in South Africa, and their social involvement. He concludes that it was exactly their Pietist tradition which led them into meaningful socio-political involvement to change oppressive structures. This should, however, not be taken as a clean bill of health for pietism in general.


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