Protestantism in South Africa

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu (pictured) is an influential Protestant (Anglican) South African

Protestantism in South Africa accounts for more than 70% of the population. Its history dates back to the initial European settlement on the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. Since then, Protestantism has been the predominant religion of the European settlers and today, of South Africa as a whole.

Protestant churches in South Africa[edit]

Christian denominations
in South Africa

According to the CIA Factbook, while the majority of South Africans are Protestant, no individual church predominates. The largest Protestant denomination in the country is Pentecostalism, followed by Methodism, Dutch Reformed and Anglicans.

Protestant denominations in South Africa include:

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Stephen Offutt, New Centers of Global Evangelicalism in Latin America and Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2015) focuses on El Salvador and South Africa. online review