MR #32_ Modernity Sweeps Africa _ The Missiology Homepage

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1/16/2014 MR #32: Modernity Sweeps Africa : The Missiology Homepage http://www.missiology.org/?p=183 1/3 The Missiology Homepage Home Blog The Discipline Mission Links Missions in China Mongolian Lectures Missions Process » » Essential Mission Tasks Books MR #32: Modernity Sweeps Africa Posted by admin on Monday, November 15, 2004 · Leave a Comment Missionaries and evangelists must learn to read time and culture. For example, what worldview type is most prevalent in Africa? Is Africa secular, pantheistic, theistic, or animistic? The typical assumption is that Africa is primarily animistic. This judgment is based on our vision of Africa: ritual drums being beaten, diviners casting cowrie shells, a dervish possessed, and ceremonies to appease angry ancestors. However, Africans, especially those in East and Southern Africa, are steadily moving away from animism. A second assumption is that Africans are becoming theists, that submission to Allah and relationship with God are displacing traditional animistic beliefs. The fact that millions of Africans have become Muslims and Christians is used as proof. Some even claim that the mantle of Christian leadership, which has passed from Europe to North America, now rests on Africa. The reality, however, is that Islam and Christianity in Africa continue to be a “mile wide and an inch deep.” During times of crises, many Muslims and Christians return to the succor of African Traditional Religion (ATR). Christ is accepted as Savior and spirits and
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