Timothy Longman Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, 371 pages

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Jan van Butselaar, who lived and worked in Rwanda for many years, reviews Timothy Longman’s book Christianity and Genocide. He describes his experience of church life in the country between 1975 and 1983, and he contests Longman’s view of the 1994 genocide and what he sees as a blanket condemnation of the role of Christian institutions and leaders in it. Longman responds by unpacking the different understandings of the genocide which he and Butselaar have, before restating and explaining further his main argument in relation to the role of Christian churches in the genocide in Rwanda.

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