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Journal for the Study of Religion

versión On-line ISSN 2413-3027
versión impresa ISSN 1011-7601


MUSEVENZI, Julius. The African Independent Apostolic Church's Doctrine under Threat: The Emerging Power of Faith-based Organisations' Interventions and the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church in Zimbabwe. J. Study Relig. [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.2, pp.178-206. ISSN 2413-3027.

This article analyses the changing and declining influence of the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church's doctrine and belief system over its members' behaviour and conduct. It appears, that this is as a result of the impact of the systematic roll-out of the broad-based biomedical health system, and sexual and reproductive health and rights conscientisation and interventions, by both civil society faith-based organisations and government agencies. Despite the dominance of the more than 70 year old church doctrine (since 1912), its hegemony over its church members has been increasingly challenged over the last two to three decades. Furthermore, this social pressure on the church's beliefs and doctrines, has resulted in what, for the purposes of this article, I call, the emergence of a 'dual doctrine system'. The church beliefs and doctrine were once regarded as impenetrable by outside beliefs, and highly fortified against rival doctrines and their related practices. Yet, it now appears that broad-based health conscientisation and health awareness programmes are systematically eroding the church's doctrine and belief system. They also impact individual members, in so far as some have even been leaving the church. However, the challenge of the hegemony of the church's doctrine and belief system has also seen some, who defend, uphold, and hold fast to their church traditions.

Palabras clave : Johanne Marange Apostolic Church; doctrine; belief system; bio-medical health system; hegemony; dual belief system; dominance.

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