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Title:Preaching in mainstream Christian churches in Malawi: a survey and analysis
Author:Ross, Kenneth R.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Malawi
Catholic Church
Anglican Church
Presbyterian church
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/1581136.pdf
Abstract:This paper examines the message being preached in Malawi's mainstream churches, viz. the Presbyterian, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, and its effects in people's lives. Five aims were set: to ascertain the characteristic emphases of contemporary preaching in the mainstream churches and assess their significance; to examine the interface between traditional African beliefs and Christianity; to explore the attitudes of the mainstream churches towards the African indigenous (or independent) churches; to assess to what extent the Christian profession of the people is a matter of outward assent or inward commitment; to consider how far the message of the mainstream churches is community-strengthening and nation-building or how far it is restricted to the sphere of private morality and spirituality. Data are from a nationwide survey of sermons preached in mainstream churches in 1990-1992, and interviews held with both preachers and church members in 1991-1992. Ref.