Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Atheist Says that Africa Needs God

Matthew Parris is an atheist who believes God has a place. Having grown-up in present-day Malawi, he has come to the realization that God is good for Africa. His reflections are shared in Britain's Times Online. His honesty is a breath of fresh air. Pride does not prevent him from recognizing the value of Christianity in Africa.

"The Christians were always different," he says. "Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world - a directness in their dealings with others - that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall."

He finishes the article by saying, "Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete." It would be well for us to take note of this atheist's warnings.

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