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Sunday, January 11, 2009

An atheist praises Christian missionaries in Africa

I remember when Rhiannon and I were living in Senegal we always got a laugh at the foreign exchange students that would come to Senegal to learn the culture. Nearly all of them followed the liberal academic consensus that Christian missionaries are guilty of cultural imperialism. One day we met a Nigerian Christian girl that was taking a class with these students and she openly challenged them by saying that she was an African Christian and that she was glad that the missionaries came and evangelized her people. The irony in all of this was that here these students were criticizing Christian missionaries for our supposed "patronistic" attitude towards other cultures and worldviews and yet they refused to listen to the cultural perspective of an African Christian. Here was an African Christian speaking highly of Christian missionaries and somehow, these students still didn't get it!

Here is an author that actually gets it. You can read the article here.

What makes this even more astounding is the author is an avowed atheist!

I guess this shows that intellectual honesty can truly come from bizarre places sometimes.

Wouldn't it be nice if everyone were this honest?

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