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This is the introductory chapter of the book Christian Remnant African Folk Church: Seventh-Day Adventism in Tanzania, 1903-1980, which entails several objectives: to explore how Tanzanians interacted with the emissaries of Adventism, why different groups of people accepted or rejected Adventist Christianity, and how conversion affected those joining the denomination; and to delineate the spread of Adventism across the country. Other aims of the chapter include: to clarify how inherited characteristics of Adventism were received in Tanzania and how new features developed, especially in the realms of religious practice, lifestyle and cultural issues, political attitudes, and theology; to highlight the contributions of Tanzanians to the growth and the identity of their church; and to illuminate how Tanzanian Adventism developed into a folk church in some areas and how this related to the denomination's remnant theology and self-image.

Keywords: denomination's remnant theology; folk church; Tanzanian Adventism



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