By Timothy Longman

even though Rwanda is one of the so much Christian nations in Africa, within the 1994 genocide, churches grew to become the first killing grounds. to give an explanation for why such a lot of Christians participated within the violence, this publication seems to be on the historical past of Christian engagement in Rwanda after which turns to a wealthy physique of unique nationwide- and local-level examine to argue that Rwanda's church buildings have continuously allied themselves with the nation and performed ethnic politics. evaluating neighborhood Presbyterian parishes in Kibuye prior to the genocide demonstrates that revolutionary forces have been trying to democratize the church buildings. simply as Hutu politicians used the genocide of Tutsi to say political strength and weigh down democratic reform, church leaders supported the genocide to safe their very own strength. the truth that Christianity encouraged a few Rwandans to oppose the genocide demonstrates that competition by way of the church buildings was once attainable and may have hindered the violence.

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