Why Africa Needs Christianity

Africa has received billions in "aid" yet seems to get worse each year, not better. The truth about most of this aid money is that it goes to aid Africa's rich and to prop-up dictators and psychopathic rulers; they get "projects" which are of little use but which create a new class of wealthy dependent on the West and separated from their own people. We have "helped" Africa into a new dark ages. What Africa really needs is not a hand-out, but simple justice. In the area of global economics, this means mostly a fair price for their produce. "Free trade" is a lie in Africa, which has been forced to open its markets to the West, while their own produce, mostly raw materials and food, is forced to compete with the highly subsidized agriculture of the U.S. and Europe. There is a reason that Dutch butter is cheaper in the Nairobi market than the local product. It has nothing to do with the "inefficiency" of the Kenyan farmer, but rather with the subsidized inefficiency of the European sort.

But Africa needs something more. Or at least, that is the opinion of Matthew Parris, an atheist who works on African development: Africa needs Christian missionaries. Says Mr. Parris:

Whenever we entered a territory worked by missionaries, we had to acknowledge that something changed in the faces of the people we passed and spoke to: something in their eyes, the way they approached you direct, man-to-man, without looking down or away. They had not become more deferential towards strangers - in some ways less so - but more open.
"Development" is viewed as a way of turning Africans into Western consumers, just at the moment when the consumer economy is collapsing. The results, says Mr. Parris are that:
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.
We certainly should encourage Christianity in Africa. And if it works there, we might even try it in the United States.


Richard Aleman Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 4:35:00 PM CST  

Hi John,

The artificial dependency created by many nonprofits, in particular celebrity pet projects, also destroys any hope of a commercial infrastructure, ala distributism. Bono, probably the most well known culprit in this matter, is just another capitalist exploiting the poor.

What Africa needs is Distributism, and desperately.

Just so our readers know, the oldest distributist alive, Aidan Mackey, has been doing some work in Sierra Leone's Chesterton Center.

Anonymous,  Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 10:52:00 PM CST  

Africa needs Christianity just as much as the ten million of so slaves that were shipped in horrific conditions to the "new" world.

Have you read the REAL history of what the white-man did to Africa, and is still doing!

After 500 years the "new" world is totally immersed in darkness---such being the inevitable outcome of the dark power and control seeking cultural meme that has been patterning Western "culture" for at least 3000 years.

What do you think BUSH & Co were bringing to the entire world?

Sweetness and light perhaps?

This reference tells the unvarnished truth about the dark (that is REAL side) of applied Christianity.


Plus you might want to Google Columbus and Other Cannibals by Professor Jack Forbes---a very wise native-"american".

Meanwhile it was the Christian West that gave us both world wars---wars which essentially destroyed Western Civilization and culture---such as it was. And ever since all other cultures too.

Plus this reference gives a very stark assessment of where the world is really at---AND WHY.


John Médaille Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:22:00 AM CST  

Rich, I would like to know more about the Sierra Leone Chesterton Center; maybe you could write something up for us.

Anon, I can't think why you would object to the wars that destroyed Western Civilization, since you think it is something that ought to be destroyed. However, I must object when you blame these wars on Christianity. The 20th century was the most secular century in the history of mankind. And also the bloodiest; the two are not unrelated.

Africa had slavery long before the Europeans came there. And the whole point of my article was to protest what the world was doing to Africa.

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