Introduction The primary objective of this paper is to define the African traditional religious system as the basis of understanding Christian spiritual warfare within an African context. This background is essential to any application of Christian spirituality in Africa. For this reason, the paper serves only as an introduction to the application of Christian spirituality in Africa.
Without it, the way people hold themselves accountable would be nonexistent. In addition, many moral standards that exist today are values taken directly from religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Currently, there exists a feud between people who believe in a god, and of those who do not. Eventually those who believe in a higher power will fight against each other.
This is noticed in the lives of the Ibo, the missionaries, and Okonkwo himself. The differences and similarities between Animism and Christianity do not become evident until the arrival of the white men and the missionaries.
Due to the differences, the Ibo and the missionaries eventually go from living together peacefully, to being on the brink of war with one another. One such difference is seen in Mr. Within a few weeks of his arrival in Umuofia Mr. Smith suspended a young woman from the church for pouring new wine into old bottles.
Smith showed the Ibo people that Christianity is a religion that is exclusive, and is only for an elite few. On the contrary, Animism is customary to the Ibo and is to be followed by all members of the clan.
As a result, many of these half-heartedly committed members are held unaccountable for their actions and rely on precedents set by their ancestors and elders, unlike Christians whose laws are explained in the bible. Brown, also demonstrated a difference in that the God of Christians is to be proclaimed as a loving god who is to be feared only when His will is not done.
You are afraid of Chukwu. Christians are to spread the word of God, serve their fellow men, and repent, and in doing this they need not fear God. Animists, specifically the Ibo, are to dedicate themselves to their chi or personal god, make sacrifices to their gods, and hope that their gods are not angry with them.
Surprisingly, there is a similarity throughout all of this diversity. A major part of their religions is the belief in one God that created everything. Animists believe in Chukwu, who created everything including the other gods. Christians believe in a single God who also created everything but is divided by the Trinity into the Father, the son, and the Holy Spirit.
We also believe in Him and call Him Chukwu. Brown eventually find a similarity between their religions and this allows for their people to coexist for some time.
The beliefs are not similar in that they believe in the same God, but rather they believe in one supreme god who shares power with no one else. The Ibo would not have been able to realize and assess certain downfalls of their society had it not been for the missionaries.
Just as the missionaries learned from the Ibo, the Ibo people had been educated as well. Though the Ibo never took an interest to Christianity, unless it was an Ibo being converted to the new religion, they did become educated about the religion that would soon overcome Africa.
Throughout the novel, the egwugwu are mentioned on several occasions. Aru oyim de de de dei!The role of the missionaries in “Things Fall Apart” is a complex one. First of all, from the Yeatsian viewpoint, the changes they bring about are mostly predetermined Pages: I am not an expert on Christianity in Africa, although I have visited Lagos twice.
I believe you will have to look at the history of the continent of Africa itself; especially sub-Saharan Africa. What was the history of the continent before the advent of Christianity? Chinua Achebe is one of Africa's most well-known and influential contemporary writers.
His first novel, Things Fall Apart, is an early narrative about the European colonization of Africa told from the point of view of the colonized people. Published in , the novel recounts the life of the. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, we are compelled to consider how the title is a reflection of the effect of colonialism on the novel's protagonist, Okonkwo.
He fights a losing battle to. Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart is probably the most authentic narrative ever written about life in Nigeria at the turn of the twentieth century.
Although the novel was first published in — two years before Nigeria achieved its independence — thousands . CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND COLONIAL RULE IN AFRICA: OBJECTIVE AND CONTEMPORARY ANALYSIS Dr.
Etim E. Okon Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Colonialism has become a stigma for Christianity in contemporary Africa. It is an historical fact that Africa was evangelized through colonial .