Anglicans Against Apartheid
by Bob Clarke
This book records the witness against apartheid of Anglican Church leaders, and assesses the importance of their contribution to the liberation of South Africa.
It gives an overview of the recurring themes of the church-state conflict during the tenure of eight Archbishops of Cape Town, starting with Francis Phelps in 1936 and ending with Desmond Tutu, whose term as Archbishop of Cape Town concluded in 1996. The focus is mainly on the Archbishops of Cape Town, and some other notable Anglicans.
During his ministry as an Anglican priest Dr Clarke worked in parishes, and in ecumenical contexts such as Councils of Churches. He lectured in Church History at St Paul’s Theological College (now COTT). As Ecumenical Officer of the Albany Council of Churches he was involved in ministry to people detained without trial during the States of Emergency, in conflict resolution for the Grahamstown Peace Committee, and in monitoring South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994. “Anglicans Against Apartheid” is based on extensive research over several decades, including visits to archives all over Europe and South Africa and over fifty interviews with key players in the story, many of whom have since died, as well as on Dr Clarke’s own experiences.