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Retief Müller, The Scots Afrikaners: Identity Politics and Intertwined Religious Cultures in Southern and Central Africa

Retief Müller, The Scots Afrikaners: Identity Politics and Intertwined Religious Cultures in... 106 REVIEWS and through her life and reign, all future scholars of Victoria and her era will find this essential reading. Andrew Michael Jones, Reinhardt University DOI: 10.3366/sch.2023.0088 Retief Müller, The Scots Afrikaners: Identity Politics and Intertwined Religious Cultures in Southern and Central Africa. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022. viii + 224 pp. £85 hardback. ISBN: Retief Müller engages contemporary concerns about identity and culture to nuance our understanding of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and the Afrikaner culture that moulded it. By examining the role of Scottish ministers who identified as Afrikaners over several generations, he illuminates the interactions of different ecclesiastical influences within the Reformed tradition. In South African history, the DRC emerges as a regressive and racist entity which, in protecting the interests of the Afrikaners against British imperialism and creating the independent republics, actively sought separation from black Africans and their political and social subjugation. Yet there is a minority legacy of prominent DRC political, theological and missiological resistance to apartheid in the work of people like Allan Boesak, Beyers Naudé and David Bosch. In highlighting the influence on the DRC of a large minority of Scots ministers, Müller shows the contested nature of segregation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Retief Müller, The Scots Afrikaners: Identity Politics and Intertwined Religious Cultures in Southern and Central Africa

Scottish Church History , Volume 52 (1): 3 – Apr 1, 2023

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106 REVIEWS and through her life and reign, all future scholars of Victoria and her era will find this essential reading. Andrew Michael Jones, Reinhardt University DOI: 10.3366/sch.2023.0088 Retief Müller, The Scots Afrikaners: Identity Politics and Intertwined Religious Cultures in Southern and Central Africa. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022. viii + 224 pp. £85 hardback. ISBN: Retief Müller engages contemporary concerns about identity and culture to nuance our understanding of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and the Afrikaner culture that moulded it. By examining the role of Scottish ministers who identified as Afrikaners over several generations, he illuminates the interactions of different ecclesiastical influences within the Reformed tradition. In South African history, the DRC emerges as a regressive and racist entity which, in protecting the interests of the Afrikaners against British imperialism and creating the independent republics, actively sought separation from black Africans and their political and social subjugation. Yet there is a minority legacy of prominent DRC political, theological and missiological resistance to apartheid in the work of people like Allan Boesak, Beyers Naudé and David Bosch. In highlighting the influence on the DRC of a large minority of Scots ministers, Müller shows the contested nature of segregation

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Scottish Church HistoryEdinburgh University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2023

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