Pragmatic Faith and the Tanzanian Lutheran Church

Pragmatic Faith and the Tanzanian Lutheran Church

Bishop Erasto N. Kweka’s Life and Work

Amy Stambach, Aikande Kwayu

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Pragmatic Faith and the Tanzanian Lutheran Church: Bishop Erasto N. Kweka’s Life and Work examines the operations and organization of the Tanzanian Lutheran church through the life and times of its longest serving diocesan bishop, Erasto N. Kweka. Amy Stambach and Aikande Kwayu develop the concept of pragmatic faith, belief-in-practice, to analyze the integration of religious experience, institutionalism, and doctrine or orthodoxy. Pragmatic faith breaks down the lingering binary found in anthropological studies of Christianity between transcendental experience and pragmatic struggle, and between religious revival as rupture or continuity. Stambach and Kwayu analyze the instrumental use of religion in practice, as well as its socially mobilized potential for revelation and transformation. A key analytic agenda of this book is to illuminate how a church that retains the organizational and ritual forms of a European mission church "became" culturally localized over time and yet, paradoxically, also existed pre-colonially. Accordingly, this book offers detailed and ethnographically-grounded perspective on how leaders and laypeople affiliated with the Tanzanian Lutheran church connect the church with other significant institutions, not only the state and the government, but also descent groups, extended families, self-help groups, and existing civic organizations, in order to live meaningfully.


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Amy Stambach:

Aikande Clement Kwayu is senior development research consultant at BUMACO Ltd. And honorary research fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Amy Stambach is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of anthropology and faculty affiliate of the African studies program at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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Aikande Clement Kwayu is senior development research consultant at BUMACO Ltd. And honorary research fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Amy Stambach is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of anthropology and faculty affiliate of the African studies program at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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