But Jesus comes to us, not just with wise teachings and profound observations about human nature; he also gives us new hearts (like in the case of William Wilberforce) - hearts that beat after God's own heart - a new view of God, a new appreciation of the world and ourselves and also through his Holy Spirit he gives us the enabling power live as we ought to. Whether you are looking at Copernicus or Kepler or Galileo or Pascal or Newton you find men who believed in God and were curious to learn about this world. Request PDF | On Feb 1, 2013, Matsobane J Manala published The impact of Christianity on sub-Saharan Africa | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGate It is only the severest critic that can see a mission hospital or school or a village borehole and still claim that Africa would be better off without Christianity. The arrival of Christian religion like the Moslem religion in Africa has a far-reaching effect on the society. Modern Europe still feeds itself from this religious source. Christianity has an economic, religious and political roll in most places it has influenced and Africa is no exception. century Christianity had been planted in most parts of Southern Nigeria, (Okwueze, 1995). All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. So rather than being static and un-progressive, biblical Christian teaching enables men to be curious and creative. A lot of western charity funds are administered through Christian NGOs in Africa. If a preacher gives an interpretation of a certain passage, we can always check with the Bible and the context of the passage. (�ũ�Gf!��b�N���x&��90� 6�㚖�@�2L�"@��qF� ���a ���.�r�����S����3���MXy���!F� bo@pr�Y~a�D��߇��N�v�@n!b�D��֚�8�S�e���(5PH6ܗ?}�l'���7�*�C�V�"���x�G��'�ؚ�/��F0�Y������r��Fو�G���^1.[���uŏ��������6"�{�K�l=!�{bǃq����. Any student of the history of modern science cannot deny that scientific inquiry grew out of a religious tradition. I seek, in this article, to contest the claim that the Christian faith, as one of the major religions in Africa, predominantly fosters negative effects (like conflicts, laziness, fear, lack of curiosity/creativity and violence), and argue that Christianity has been a contributor to progress and development and also a force for more peaceful societies in Africa and the world. )a{�����.Hś�-�Ze�,��Mg �Q��� ����!^>�H��Ƚ;� ߷��! The African traditional religion has done more good than evil to Africa but I cannot say the same about Christianity. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. A whole belief system must first be supplanted.”, R. G. ColemanE-mail: [email protected]Blog: www.rgcoleman.wordpress.com, The author has 14 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: RobertGColeman, Disclaimer: "The views/contents expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Modern Ghana. It was too obvious that what these people were in their character was actually influenced by a conception of man's place in the Universe that Christianity had taught. The abolition of slavery by the British parliament in 1807 was largely due to the work of William Wilberforce, a deeply religious member of parliament. ��7�5Y���̗�|Ws�-��{�g4/dlN�@�(��VQGwˏR��ig�ev�`�z{�I��. stream �W���Da�o��5��u� Ԑu��wP���/��,,o���L%�K:�hf��.���g0�� bF�i���1��7�M���'E�ܣ�h/�Mӳ���-$� I���$��N R��=Ǧ��A�2NMK�����f��r����^H�S-c3@��k�h+E��D��،=J<9�3�E˄�%�q��� y��P۞�f�1r̆J�π~��g���������!��'�jK��'|�$���5FO�֨���]LZOkX�5+�DE��TsY��m\��:�)^���5���/��\��}!9͠�;�2��j��$�Z�� �S�3�8��mK��5���Hc�ݡDsD��r�xlU%�/ C�;�¨��f�7����6p�Z�� �Z� ���R� I shall briefly describe the key words used, after which I shall highlight the phenomenal growth of Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by a description of the impact of Christianity … << Even renowned atheists like Jurgen Habermas do recognize that Europe’s civilization (even though now considered post-Christian) is traceable to Christianity. D�i�uw���3Xl��ux3�a�`B��h��-/��#��u�X����?�"�/��fj-=�e!6��Bj��g�-��yeYߵfS�4��:�~�F_��ۀӔ�-"}�lz�{v�J���-|[|�ǭ�/�G�$+��U_h�b�N�\��Ta]�(l�4Äuh�:1���P�&��6v�?�����2��wAyO%=]�-~���z Christianity has clearly not completely taken hold in Africa. In fact, according to Matthew Parris, while working in Africa, he observed some of his African Christian work colleagues and confessed that it would have been convenient to believe (because of his worldview) that their honesty, diligence and optimism in their work was unconnected with personal faith but this did not fit the facts. Many false preachers within Christianity, as well as non-Christian critics of the Bible, often fall into this trap. Google Scholar Nürnberger, K. (1975), ‘The Sotho notion of the Supreme Being under the impact of the Christian Proclamation’, Journal of Religion in Africa , … Jesus even encouraged Martha to do likewise (Luke 10:38-42). Even Jesus himself cautioned his followers not to live by the sword (Matthew 26:52). Many governments in Africa use religion as a vehicle to incite disaffection among people in a bid to advance their political interests. They stood tall.”. /Filter /FlateDecode The language of the document betrays this fact: “… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Rather than only pointing you to some enlightening great teachings and deep truths, he, by his power, transforms hearts that are dead to God into hearts that are alive to God. 6 hours ago, On Voting Day: Media Tasked Not To Rush To Declare Their Own... /Length 7025 …”. Most religious groups discriminate against women in so many ways. short of massive, and in this article, this impact is presented in terms of both its positive and negative effects. We begin to exalt commitment over feelings, forgiveness over anger, patience over shortcuts, honesty over deception and sacrifice over comfort. His recommendation, therefore, was that African societies should put less focus on religion and a major focus on science, technology and critical thinking as this will move our development goals forward. Religion creates an avenue for many charlatans to parade as so-called men of God to fleece the poor of their meagre resources. In this article, I will support the above thesis by countering Mr Okyere’s arguments about the undesirable character of Christianity and then conclude with a little explanation of what the core Christian teaching is. Kojo Yankah - Who Has Been Reading Documents From The Office Of The Special Prosecutor, The Inspiring Effects Of Christianity In Africa. Indeed, even Prof. Richard Dawkins, perhaps the most vociferous atheist of our time, admitted in a debate with Prof. John Lennox that science did grow out of a religious tradition. There are multiple aspects of answering this question. That a technology is being used by criminals to further their ends says more about the people using the technology than it does about the technology itself. Hospital Playlist Episode 10, Golf Vector Logo, Grapefruit Flavored Drinks, Spreadable Goat Cheese Brands, Jeno Tomari Kache Chords, Nexx Garage 100, " />

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But truth by its nature is exclusive and does not include in itself contradictory claims. Now ‘more religion’ here does not mean that the cure for religiously induced evils lies in increased blind religious zeal (which is at the very heart of the problems observed by Mr Okyere in his article). ��4�)��4���WӴ#3M1:�53%��3��}~�{�}���Ǯ��!��X�( For 18 years he regularly introduced anti-slavery motions in Parliament. Interestingly, this is precisely the message of Christianity - there is something desperately wrong (the Bible calls it sin) in the heart of man and Jesus holds the remedy. Time will tell whether Christian values will continue to have more influence in Africa. However, the more the Christian faith becomes a defining element in the believers and the more they practice it as a lifestyle with strong ties to its biblical origins and with intelligent commitment, the better off African societies will be. In a day when the prevailing mindset says that man is good at heart but society is to blame for his flaws, the words of Jesus Christ come echoing through the centuries in sharp contrast: “… from your heart”, says Jesus, “come the evil ideas which lead you to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others…” Matthew 15:19. style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px">But Jesus comes to us, not just with wise teachings and profound observations about human nature; he also gives us new hearts (like in the case of William Wilberforce) - hearts that beat after God's own heart - a new view of God, a new appreciation of the world and ourselves and also through his Holy Spirit he gives us the enabling power live as we ought to. Whether you are looking at Copernicus or Kepler or Galileo or Pascal or Newton you find men who believed in God and were curious to learn about this world. Request PDF | On Feb 1, 2013, Matsobane J Manala published The impact of Christianity on sub-Saharan Africa | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGate It is only the severest critic that can see a mission hospital or school or a village borehole and still claim that Africa would be better off without Christianity. The arrival of Christian religion like the Moslem religion in Africa has a far-reaching effect on the society. Modern Europe still feeds itself from this religious source. Christianity has an economic, religious and political roll in most places it has influenced and Africa is no exception. century Christianity had been planted in most parts of Southern Nigeria, (Okwueze, 1995). All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. So rather than being static and un-progressive, biblical Christian teaching enables men to be curious and creative. A lot of western charity funds are administered through Christian NGOs in Africa. If a preacher gives an interpretation of a certain passage, we can always check with the Bible and the context of the passage. (�ũ�Gf!��b�N���x&��90� 6�㚖�@�2L�"@��qF� ���a ���.�r�����S����3���MXy���!F� bo@pr�Y~a�D��߇��N�v�@n!b�D��֚�8�S�e���(5PH6ܗ?}�l'���7�*�C�V�"���x�G��'�ؚ�/��F0�Y������r��Fو�G���^1.[���uŏ��������6"�{�K�l=!�{bǃq����. Any student of the history of modern science cannot deny that scientific inquiry grew out of a religious tradition. I seek, in this article, to contest the claim that the Christian faith, as one of the major religions in Africa, predominantly fosters negative effects (like conflicts, laziness, fear, lack of curiosity/creativity and violence), and argue that Christianity has been a contributor to progress and development and also a force for more peaceful societies in Africa and the world. )a{�����.Hś�-�Ze�,��Mg �Q��� ����!^>�H��Ƚ;� ߷��! The African traditional religion has done more good than evil to Africa but I cannot say the same about Christianity. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. A whole belief system must first be supplanted.”, R. G. ColemanE-mail: [email protected]Blog: www.rgcoleman.wordpress.com, The author has 14 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: RobertGColeman, Disclaimer: "The views/contents expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Modern Ghana. It was too obvious that what these people were in their character was actually influenced by a conception of man's place in the Universe that Christianity had taught. The abolition of slavery by the British parliament in 1807 was largely due to the work of William Wilberforce, a deeply religious member of parliament. ��7�5Y���̗�|Ws�-��{�g4/dlN�@�(��VQGwˏR��ig�ev�`�z{�I��. stream �W���Da�o��5��u� Ԑu��wP���/��,,o���L%�K:�hf��.���g0�� bF�i���1��7�M���'E�ܣ�h/�Mӳ���-$� I���$��N R��=Ǧ��A�2NMK�����f��r����^H�S-c3@��k�h+E��D��،=J<9�3�E˄�%�q��� y��P۞�f�1r̆J�π~��g���������!��'�jK��'|�$���5FO�֨���]LZOkX�5+�DE��TsY��m\��:�)^���5���/��\��}!9͠�;�2��j��$�Z�� �S�3�8��mK��5���Hc�ݡDsD��r�xlU%�/ C�;�¨��f�7����6p�Z�� �Z� ���R� I shall briefly describe the key words used, after which I shall highlight the phenomenal growth of Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by a description of the impact of Christianity … << Even renowned atheists like Jurgen Habermas do recognize that Europe’s civilization (even though now considered post-Christian) is traceable to Christianity. 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Many governments in Africa use religion as a vehicle to incite disaffection among people in a bid to advance their political interests. They stood tall.”. /Filter /FlateDecode The language of the document betrays this fact: “… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Rather than only pointing you to some enlightening great teachings and deep truths, he, by his power, transforms hearts that are dead to God into hearts that are alive to God. 6 hours ago, On Voting Day: Media Tasked Not To Rush To Declare Their Own... /Length 7025 …”. Most religious groups discriminate against women in so many ways. short of massive, and in this article, this impact is presented in terms of both its positive and negative effects. We begin to exalt commitment over feelings, forgiveness over anger, patience over shortcuts, honesty over deception and sacrifice over comfort. His recommendation, therefore, was that African societies should put less focus on religion and a major focus on science, technology and critical thinking as this will move our development goals forward. Religion creates an avenue for many charlatans to parade as so-called men of God to fleece the poor of their meagre resources. In this article, I will support the above thesis by countering Mr Okyere’s arguments about the undesirable character of Christianity and then conclude with a little explanation of what the core Christian teaching is. Kojo Yankah - Who Has Been Reading Documents From The Office Of The Special Prosecutor, The Inspiring Effects Of Christianity In Africa. Indeed, even Prof. Richard Dawkins, perhaps the most vociferous atheist of our time, admitted in a debate with Prof. John Lennox that science did grow out of a religious tradition. There are multiple aspects of answering this question. That a technology is being used by criminals to further their ends says more about the people using the technology than it does about the technology itself.

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