By Timothy Longman

even supposing Rwanda is one of the so much Christian nations in Africa, within the 1994 genocide, churches turned the first killing grounds. to give an explanation for why such a lot of Christians participated within the violence, this ebook appears on the heritage of Christian engagement in Rwanda after which turns to a wealthy physique of unique nationwide- and local-level study to argue that Rwanda's church buildings have always allied themselves with the country and performed ethnic politics. evaluating neighborhood Presbyterian parishes in Kibuye sooner than the genocide demonstrates that revolutionary forces have been trying to democratize the church buildings. simply as Hutu politicians used the genocide of Tutsi to claim political energy and overwhelm democratic reform, church leaders supported the genocide to safe their very own energy. the truth that Christianity encouraged a few Rwandans to oppose the genocide demonstrates that competition by means of the church buildings was once attainable and can have hindered the violence.

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