The Beginnings and Development of Indian Baptist Work in South Africa

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Purpose

The purpose of this research is to produce an in-depth study of the historical narrative of the Baptist Association of South Africa, a predominantly ethnic organization in Kwa Zulu Natal and its significance for the development of the Indian Baptist Church in South Africa. Indian Baptist narrative has not been given much prominence by church historians. The available records of this narrative appear in non-academic literature and are written mainly by laypersons with a few appearing in thesis and dissertations.
These few academic writings do not fully reflect the sociopolitical forces that influenced the marginalization of this narrative. The researcher will provide a post-colonial narrative of history. In a world of post-colonial and postmodernist deconstruction of the meta-narrative, I want to propose a historical narrative of a particular people in a particular time that can serve not only as an important narrative to that people but as a critique of that meta-narrative that will hopefully expose its distortions and shortcomings.
Baptist mission in South Africa took place in the context of colonialism. Generally, in critiquing colonialism, scholars almost always criticized the West. Sugirtharajah (1998:16) contends that postcoloniality involves once colonized ―Others‖ insisting on taking their place as historical subjects. He further asserts that unlike other theoretical practices such as feminism and structuralism, postcolonial discourse is not about the West, but about the colonized ―Other.‖ The narrative of the Baptist Association of South Africa is that ―Other.‖ While this study focuses on this narrative, this narrative, as mentioned earlier, took place within a colonized and apartheid history. What sets this narrative apart from other narratives is that it uses postcolonial hermeneutics to interpret the narrative.

Chapter One Introduction
1.1 Purpose
1.2 Describing the problem or issue
1.3 The key research questions
1.4 Motivatio
1.5 Hypothesis.
1.7 Scope of the research
1.8 Literature Review
1.9 Outline
Chapter Two Europe, America, Asia and Africa in Baptist Global Missions
2.1 Europe
2.1.1 William Carey
2.2 America
2.3 Asia
2.4 Africa
Chapter Three The Beginnings and Development of Indian Baptist Work in South Africa
3.1 Missionary Union, 1953.
3.2 Telugu Baptists requests assistance for a Baptist minister from India
3.3 Reinforcement of the Telugu Baptist Mission: Rev. V.C. Jacob
3.4 Schism in the Indian Baptist Church
3.5 Rangiah‘s model of ministry and mission
3.6 Impact of the Bible and Bible themes on Rangiah‘s ministr
3.7 Rev. Theophilius Rangiah
3.8 Rev. David Newton Nathanie
3.9 Women in Ministry with the Baptist Association of South Africa
3.10 Evaluation of the early ministry of the Baptist Association of South Africa
3.11 Conclusion
Chapter Four The Baptist Association of South Africa in Unity Talks
4.1 The Dutch period
4.2 The British era
4.3 The Afrikaner period
4.4 Racism
4.5 Ethnicity
4.6 The Afrikanse Baptiste Kerk and the Baptist Union of South Africa
4.7 The Baptist Convention of South Africa and the Baptist Union of South Africa
4.8 The Baptist Association of South Africa and the Baptist Union of South Africa
4.9 Baptist Union of South Africa – Baptist Association of South Africa relations
4.10 The Baptist Mission of South Africa and the Baptist Union of South Africa
4.11 BASA‘s response to apartheid and racism
4.12 Division in the Indian Baptist work in South Africa
4.13 Movement towards unity
Chapter Five The Baptist Association of South Africa and the South African Baptist Alliance
Chapter Six Ministry Strategies of the Baptist Association of South Africa
Chapter 7 Conclusion

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