Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar: The Power to Heal in Community

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar: The Power to Heal in Community

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Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar: The Power to Heal in Community.

By Cynthia Holder Rich. New York: Peter Lang, 2011. Pp.188. $76.95/ 59.20 [euro] / 47 [pounds sterling] / SFr 72.

Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar is another contribution to the history of the church in Madagascar. It helps us to understand one side of the important role of the church in general, and the Malagasy Lutheran church in particular, within the community on this island. The author, Cynthia Holder Rich, served as an adjunct professor in a Reformed theological school of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) situated in Fianarantsoa, south of the capital city, Antananarivo.

In this era of globalization and technology, faith still has a peculiar impact on the life of the people of Madagascar. As the author clearly points out, the church is still heard and taken seriously by the wider society. The book even argues that the church offers the ultimate solution for Malagasy society and can give answers to all important issues that arise. …

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