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The spiritual Mandela : faith and religion in the life of Nelson Mandela

Author: Dennis Cruywagen
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Imagine, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First US EditionView all editions and formats
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In the first book of its kind, an acclaimed South African journalist and former parliamentary spokesperson for the ANC shares how Nelson Mandela balanced his Christian faith with his political views, exploring how the beloved leader reconciled his own beliefs with the hard truth that religion had often been used as a tool to oppress his people.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Nelson Mandela; Nelson Mandela; Nelson Mandela
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis Cruywagen
ISBN: 9781623545307 1623545307 9781632892218 1632892219
OCLC Number: 1031052585
Description: x, 224 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Spiritual origins --
A Methodist education --
The runaway --
Politics, before anything else --
Taking up arms --
An imprisonment of the spirit --
The sacrament behind bars --
Confessions of faith --
A transcendental leader --
Last rites.
Responsibility: Dennis Cruywagen.

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In the first book of its kind, an acclaimed South African journalist and former parliamentary spokesperson for the ANC shares how Nelson Mandela balanced his Christian faith with his political views, exploring how the beloved leader reconciled his own beliefs with the hard truth that religion had often been used as a tool to oppress his people.

Cruywagen traces the spiritual component of Nelson Mandela's life, from his youth in a traditional Thembu village to his education at Wesleyan and Methodist mission schools to his time as an activist to his period on Robben Island and the years thereafter. He traces the ways in which Mandela balanced Christianity with tradition Africian beliefs and with his political views. -- adapted from jacket.

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