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Title:Inclusion of the 'Other' into the Fold: Early Mission Churches and Society in Makweteng, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Author:Van Rensburg, Fanie N.S.J.
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:missionary history
Anglican Church
Catholic Church
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:In this article observations on the early history of two mission churches in Makweteng, Potchefstroom, South Africa, are made. The informal views of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches, their formal policies and their responses to both segregation and apartheid are described and compared. At the practical level leaders in these two churches were required to negotiate between their own principles and prejudices and the social and political environment in which they worked. Questions are asked regarding the consistency of the initial approaches of the two missionary endeavours and the practical choices they made in fully accepting the 'other'. Indications of a change of views and the contribution these missions made to social change in South Africa are also discussed. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]