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Predominantly Christian, the nation of South Africa at the southern tip of the African continent illustrates the extent to which religion can both articulate and oppose the political agenda of a country. Approximately 80% of the population identify with the Christian faith, with 1% reporting as Hindu, another 1% Muslim, and 1% as practitioners of indigenous religion, the last number rising quickly in the first years of the 21st century. Also, 8% of the populace recognize no religious doctrine at all, but the history of South Africa shows how even citizens not directly involved in religion can be strongly affected by it. African Independent Churches claim the largest body of Christian worshippers, with the Calvinist Dutch Reformed Church following. Due to its past of racial ...

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