A Faith that Does Justice: The Public Testimony of Oliver Tambo

Throughout the 20th century, mission-educated black men rose to prominence in the African National Congress while simultaneously holding leadership positions in the church. Yet, less is written about the faith of these men, and more about their politics; even less studied is the spiritual life of po...

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Published in:Journal for the study of religion
Main Author: Jansen, Jonathan D.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: ASRSA [2018]
In:Journal for the study of religion
Year: 2018, Volume: 31, Issue: 2, Pages: 232-258
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Tambo, Oliver 1917-1993 / Confession of faith
Further subjects:B Biography
B Interiority
B Religion And Politics
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Summary:Throughout the 20th century, mission-educated black men rose to prominence in the African National Congress while simultaneously holding leadership positions in the church. Yet, less is written about the faith of these men, and more about their politics; even less studied is the spiritual life of political leaders, what Nelson Mandela, in reference to his struggle companion, Oliver Tambo, called 'the essence' of man. Drawing on the construct of inferiority, this article offers a re-assessment of public testimonies about the ANC's longest serving president, demonstrating how the internal workings of Tambo's faith came to be expressed in the external life and leadership of this devout Christian activist.
ISSN:2413-3027
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.17159/2413-3027/2018/v31n2a11