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This chapter has a double purpose: to outline and analyse the Adventist growth and spread until the present, and to highlight the two principal features of the guiding theme of the chapter, Tanzanian Adventism as a folk church and as a remnant, the latter with an emphasis on the developments after independence. Of course, one might argue that such developments were not even peculiar to African or non-Western Adventism given the tendency of Adventists in Western countries to form clusters around major institutions which resemble ethnic communities in some respects. The major method of propagating Adventism in Christian areas where the "three angels' messages" were yet unknown was literature evangelism. On an overall scale, Adventists remained a tiny minority among the Tanzanian Maasai as much as the Maasai remained a very minor group among Tanzanian Adventists.

Keywords: Adventist growth; folk church; literature evangelism; remnant; Tanzanian Adventism; Tanzanian Maasai



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