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Popular Theology And Religious Differentiations

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This chapter discusses two related areas: theological themes that stood out in Tanzanian Adventism; the diversification of faith in the sphere surrounding the denomination, which resulted in several religious alternatives to established Adventism. Moreover, the discussion of popular aspects in Tanzanian Adventism is particularly important in the chapter because it is related to the guiding theme of Adventism as remnant and folk church. What is most interesting from the perspective of the chapter is the process of adaptation to Seventh-day Adventism that Tanganyika Sabato underwent. On the theological level, the three tenets discussed in this chapter were of immense importance in combining the official and the popular, i.e., central Adventist doctrine and typical African concerns: the soteriological and ethical focus on the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath, and other rules; the remnant theology; Adventist eschatology and apocalypticism.

Keywords: Adventist eschatology; apocalypticism; Christian faith; religious differentiations; Tanzanian Adventism; theological themes



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