Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan

Civil War, Migration, and the Rise of Dinka Anglicanism

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Jesse A. Zink
Studies in World Christianity
  • Waco, TX: 
    Baylor University Press
    , October
     285 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Younghwa Kim forthcoming.


Amidst a catastrophic civil war that began in 1983 and ended in 2005, many Dinka people in Sudan repudiated their inherited religious beliefs and embraced a vibrant Anglican faith.  Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan chronicles the emergence of this grassroots religious movement, arguing that Christianity offered the Dinka new resources that allowed them to cope with a rapidly changing world and provided answers to the spiritual questions that war raised.

Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan is rooted in extensive fieldwork in South Sudan, complemented by research in the archives of South Sudanese churches and international humanitarian organizations. The result is a detailed profile of what Christianity means to a society in the middle of intense crisis and trauma, with a particular focus on the roles of young people and women, and the ways in which the arrival of a new faith transformed existing religious traditions.

Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan stakes out a new field of inquiry in African Christianity. Jesse Zink has written a must-read for all interested in the ongoing crises in Africa and, in particular, the vexed relationship between violence and religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jesse A. Zink is an Anglican priest and principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College in Montreal, Quebec. Previously, he was director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in Cambridge, UK. He is the author of three previous books about Anglicanism and the world church, including Backpacking through the Anglican Communion.


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