In the Footsteps of the Masters: Desmond M. Tutu and Abel T. Muzorewa

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The Role of the Church in Zimbabwe and the Legacy of Ralph E. Dodge

He who is dominated by another spiritually, economically, academically, or politically, will never develop his full potential.

-- Bishop Ralph E. Dodge, 1963


ORIGINS OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN ZIMBABWE

Part of the purpose of this study is to discuss the role that Methodist Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa played from 1971 to 1979 in the political transformation of Zimbabwe from colonial rule to an African majority government. In order to discuss that role, it is important to review the origins of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and the legacy left behind by its leaders, from Bishop Joseph C. Hartzell beginning in 1896 to the end of Bishop Ralph E. Dodge's term of office in 1968. The period that Muzorewa served as bishop of the Methodist Church, from 1968 to 1993, was part of great traditions of Methodist leaders who had left a legacy he was called upon to uphold.

In this regard the challenge that Ralph Edward Dodge responded to in assuming his duties as a Episcopal leader of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe in 1956 and the record of his accomplishments from then up to the time that the right-wing Rhodesia Front (RF) Party deported him in July 1964, was also part of the Methodist heritage that he felt called upon to preserve. 1 When Bishop Joseph Crane Hartzell2 was elected

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Role of the Church In South Africa and the Legacy of Trevor Huddleston 19
  • Notes 37
  • 2 - The Role of the Church In Zimbabwe and the Legacy of Ralph E. Dodge 39
  • Notes 57
  • 3 - Tutu's South Africa and Muzorewa's Zimbabwe Compared 61
  • Notes 81
  • 4 - Desmond M. Tutu: The Man And His Mission 85
  • Notes 105
  • 5 - Abel T. Muzorewa: The Man and His Mission 109
  • Notes 126
  • 6 - Tutu's Role in the Political Transformation of South Africa 129
  • Notes 147
  • 7 - Muzorewa's Role in The Political Transformation of Zimbabwe 149
  • Notes 172
  • 8 - Tutu and Muzorewa in the Footsteps of the Masters: Summary, Conclusion, and Implications 175
  • Notes 203
  • Selected Bibliography 207
  • Index 219
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