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A missions article for skeptics

One of my biggest worries about Christian missions is that missionaries will strip the “natives” of their God-given culture. History provides the facts to substantiate this concern; “Christianity,” in many locations around the world, is more a Western church ritual than it is actually following Jesus. Furthermore, over the centuries, adherents of this religion of love have perpetrated heinous crimes against humanity, all in the name of the gospel. I think it’s popular now to be skeptical about the redemptive capabilities of the gospel, and understandably so, given the way so-called Christ-followers have abused it.
However, occasionally, we have some good news, and this article is a nice piece of good news! In it, self-proclaimed atheist Matthew Parris praises the positive effects he sees true Christianity having on people in Africa. Instead of stripping away the richness of the African cultures, missionaries and their good news have brought joy and purpose to people who were previously hopeless. Are you skeptical? Go read the article. It gave me a lot of food for thought.


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  1. * frenchgirl says:

    i enjoyed the article.

    Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  2. * precisionink says:

    OK, I haven’t read the article yet. I want to. But thanks for thinking about this and being brave enough to post. I, too, have many questions about “religious imperialism” (to borrow a theme from English linguistics). Yet many sincere Christians are accomplishing useful things. How immeasurably helpful is building a school for the impoverished? (immeasurably.) Have you read At Play in the Fields of the Lord (Matthieson (sp))?

    Posted 9 years, 2 months ago

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