Monday, December 29, 2008

seeing the light

here's an article by an atheist who has come to see that what Africa needs is Christianity:


here

13 comments:

tinythinker said...

Interesting article.

Kristen said...

That was fascinating. Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Its only a mater of time before the obvipu truth is made known, you cannot deny it forever.

A Hermit said...

I don't think it's that simple. After all, Rwanda used to be known as the "most Christian country in Africa..."

And those with-killing evangelists in Nigeria don't seem to be helping matters.

There's no doubt some mission groups are doing good things there, but so are secular organizations like Oxfam, Medecins sans Frontieres and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. What Africa needs is debt relief, practical leadership and rational problem solving, not more superstition.

J.L. Hinman said...

typical. assume that one or two examples of bad religious people define all of religion and all that religious people have ever done.

A Hermit said...

"typical. assume that one or two examples of bad religious people define all of religion and all that religious people have ever done."

That's not what I'm doing at all; I'm pointing out that the article you linked to is doing that in reverse; assuming that a few good examples define all religion.

Some Christian missionaries in Africa do wonderful but, but the Catholic Church in Africa teaches people that using condoms to protect against AIDS is a sin...in Nigeria some sects teach that children who misbehave are demon possessed witches who must have the devil beaten out of them... Christian ministers in Rwanda aided in the genocide there.

So it seems to me that it's an oversimplification to say that what Africa needs is Christianity. What's needed there is a healthy dose of skepticism, rational solutions and compassion. Whether it comes from Christians or others is irrelevant.

J.L. Hinman said...

that thing about witches is not a Vatican position. The article I read about it a couple of years ago said Muslims do it to.

the on balance is war outweighs for the good on religion's favor.

A Hermit said...

"that thing about witches is not a Vatican position."

I never said it was; they're evangelical/Pentecostals.

" The article I read about it a couple of years ago said Muslims do it to."

Some do. And some Christians in Africa practice female circumcision; that's not just a Muslim thing. More religion is not the answer to Africa's problems; reason and compassion are.

J.L. Hinman said...

more religion is not the answer: Jesus is.

A Hermit said...

"more religion is not the answer: Jesus is"

What was the question? ;-)

A Hermit said...

"more religion is not the answer: Jesus is"

What was the question? ;-)

J.L. Hinman said...

more religion is not the answer: Jesus is"

What was the question? ;-)

"what is the truth of the universe?"

A Hermit said...

"what is the truth of the universe?"

Oh, I thought we were trying to save lives in Africa...my mistake...