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What were Nelson Mandela's religious beliefs?

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Nelson Mandela was a Christian but his Christian affiliations are still up for debate. There are some people who believe that he leaned more towards Jehovah’s Witness considering that his first wife, sister and some of his relatives claim the faith. He attended a Methodist church school, as a child, just like his mother did.

However, unless it was about religious equality, the issue of faith was not something that Nelson Mandela liked to talk a lot about. During his life, Mandela realized that religion was more of a divider than a unifying factor for people. That is why he always envisioned a world where tolerance and acceptance outweighed the religious alternatives. Mandela is, therefore, someone who believed that he was the master of his faith and the captain of his soul.


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