"This book is a collection of papers presented at a conference in Malawi in 1971. Of the twelve scholars whose contributions were published, only two are African. The contributors are all in one way or another acquainted with African customs and religion, some as lay enquirers and others as missionaries. J. Weller, one of the editors, himself a former theological educator in Zambia, writes with sympathy and compassion, his work is apparently the result of years of reflection. Dr. Ranger's introduction and contribution deserve special attention; Ranger is no stranger to African affairs; indeed his involvement with African nationalists in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) led to his untimely departure from that colony in 1964" (p. 125). "This is what makes the contributions by two African Christians in this book compulsory reading. Whereas Ranger and Weller are apologetic and sensitive about the destructive role played by the Christian Church in Africa, the African contributors are not in any way defensive or apologetic about the role of the church in Africa. Father Salatiel Madziyire is a well known Anglican priest in the Marandellas district of Rhodesia. .... Madziyire sees the Christian religion as a modernizing and uplifting force" (p. 126). "According to [the Rev. Farai] Muzorewa, the Christian concern for the individual and the family of necessity has led the women into other areas of activity, including social and political agitation. The church is therefore a vehicle and and instrument of change" (p. 127).