Search for other works by this author on: © The Author 2009. His thesis is, therefore, as follows: in order to recover African moral sanity, there is the urgent need to retrieve and restore some positive moral foundations and beliefs which were the moral basis of African societies. In this light, spirituality and morality are inseparable (Magesa 2010:71). White & Tiongco 1997:22-26). Our view, however, is that religious communities could still play a more prominent role in the transformation of African societies, given the number of religious practitioners on the continent and religion's deep roots in the socio-political, cultural and economic lives of Africans. Traditional, animist religion saw humans as being subject to the whims of local gods. In ancient cultures, a wife was the property of her husband. "Pentecostalism in Africa," in Stinton, DB (ed. The question thus arises as to whether African religiosity gives impetus to poverty and corruption on the continent or whether religion has a crucial role to play in the liberation of African societies from poverty and corruption. Consequently, Christianity is viewed as an agent of change, as Culture Change and Christianity in Africa 129 a hammer that destroys whatever is opposed to the new culture brought by its representatives. For full access to this pdf, sign in to an existing account, or purchase an annual subscription. ), African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora and Gendered Societies, 25-34, Farnham: Ashgate. 1 (a) This material is based on work supported by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) under grant number 85113. The symbols of justice were respected and belief in restoring justice was very strong (Agi 2008:131). With regard to the political involvement of religion, the involvement of Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity in Africa has been felt in various sectors, including politics. [ Links ], Townsend, P 2006. In addition, African churches should devise theological and hermeneutical models that are contextually relevant, and that assist religious education to be contextually relevant (Kunhiyop 2008:222). [ Links ], Kalu, OU 2010f. Absolute poverty refers to the inability of an individual, a community or a nation to meet basic needs such as the need for food, shelter, potable water, healthcare and education. This is especially so in light of the high levels of trust still shown in this sector by ordinary people and the way in which churches inspire the activities of voluntary outreach, caring and social services, all of which can be mobilised for social capital interventions (cf. In all three cases, religious leaders were used to cover up for the political elite. According to him, religion permeates all departments of life to such an extent that it is not easy or possible to isolate it (Mbiti 1999:1). ), Religions in Africa: Conflicts, Politics and Social Ethics, The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu, Vol. He goes on to argue that corrupt practices vary enormously in kind from place to place, but usually include fraudulent, collusive, coercive and obstructive practices. How religion could foster a more relevant transformation agenda in Africa is a possible area for future empirical research. Religion concerns the deepest root of human existence and integrates human life into a coherent whole (Schuurman 2011:273 -274). W.E.H. In line with the perspectives (or claims) of several other scholars (Deng 1998:143-241; Koenig 2009:284; Kunhiyop 2008:226; Nkom 2000:75; Omosegbon 2010:55; Schuurman 2011:273-274), in this article we uphold the thesis that religion constitutes the main fabric of African societies, and is intertwined with their general existence, including their sociopolitical and economic development. [ Links ], Kolade, C 2001. In recent times, however, Pentecostal churches such as the Later Rain Assembly, under the auspices of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), are also engaging with civil society (Agbiji 2012:135-136,333). The best articles from Christianity Today on South Africa. How do poverty and corruption pose major challenges to African societies? Women in the sect always dress in white and the men have long beards and shaven heads. Religion is about virtue and moral values. 1. Impact of Christianity in Africa By EMORY Ross AFRICANS south of the Sahara in our day face a challenge not be-fore put to so large a group of people. It is for this reason that the worldview of the messenger was deliberately transmitted to the African Christian with the effect of supplanting the African worldview with a Western mind-set. For example, in African traditional societies restraints on leaders were religious. Available: http://www.uneca.org/publications/economic-report-africa-2013 [accessed 2 July 2013]. Apart from being a crucial source of moral formation and of the principle of accountability in society, religion is the root from which the different branches of life emanate and are sustained. "Technology and Religion: Islam, Christianity and Materialism." Secondly, historically (during the industrial revolution, colonial expansion and thereafter) religious bodies in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa have often relied on welfare and material aid in the form of poverty-relief programmes (Swart 2006a:17; Agbiji 2012:116-117; Nieman 2010:39; Clarke & Jennings 2008:9). Religion is therefore about sustaining life in its fullness through community. Given the crucial role that religion plays in moral formation and as a source of social capital, we recommend the deliberate engagement of these resources for socio-political, economic and technological transformation initiated through education policies that are relevant to the problems of society; this could make a more meaningful contribution to social development. ), The Gods in Retreat: Continuity and Change in African Religion, v-xvi, Enugu: Fourth Dimension Publishers. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University. Lamle (2013) (cited in Mang 2014:102) argues that: [t]hrough the [Pentecostal] church, people that had come together from different sociopolitical and socio-economic status are brought together into one family. [ Links ], Svensson, J 2005. Relative poverty refers to conditions where basic needs are met, but where an inability persists to meet perceived needs and desires. Available: http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/IPCPovertyInFocus9.pdf [accessed 11 June 2014]. Mbiti argues that it is obvious that - in their encounter with indigenous religious traditions - Christianity and Islam have succeeded in converting many Africans. The concept of spiritual and religious capital is similar to the more general concept of social capital because this is a resource based on relationships that individuals and religious groups can access for their personal well-being. While Christianity was made the … 1:185-210, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. [ Links ], Kalu, OU 2010d. Thereafter, we sought to understand the role religion could play in the social transformation of African societies and how the resources of religion could be regained and engaged in the transformation of African society. But although religion is flourishing in Africa, many sub-Saharan African countries are amongst the world's poorest nations. Religious communities are creating an effective interface between religion and socioeconomic and political development. The Origins and Development of African Theology. 2010:53). "Churches as a Stock of Social Capital for Promoting Social Development in Western Cape Communities." Harold Koenig (2009:284) argues that the definition of religion is generally agreed upon by scholars of religion: it comprises beliefs, practices and rituals that are related to the sacred, to God, to the mystical or to the supernatural. This same worldview also accounts for the religiosity of the African in political and socio-economic life (Kalu 2010a:11-15). Christianity pays attention to moral formation through Bible study, catechism and through other means of disseminating scripture within the family unit and the church community. Whilst it could have been argued at the time that these leaders were not medical practitioners and that there was no pastoral obligation on them to declare confidential information, the least those religious leaders could have done was to declare that the president's health was still in a critical state, instead of keeping silent - especially since they knew the unjust way in which Nigerians had been treated with regard to the issue. [ Links ], Swart, I 2006b. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. With reference to the case of Nigeria, for instance, Agbiji and Swart (2013) have pointed out that religious and political leaders have through the centuries derived their leadership ideology from similar ideological sources. Tinyiko Maluleke (2010:157) has used the example of certain aspects of the formation of the South African Christian community, in which ecumenical church leaders have engaged with political institutions, on the basis of the concept of "critical solidarity with the state", to argue that the church has tainted her image in society by embarking on such a mission. Within a framework that allows for common identification and understanding, this article wishes to reconsider the role of religion in eradicating poverty and corruption - and in doing so contribute to the socio-political and economic transformation of sub-Saharan African societies. [ Links ], Okafor, EE 2009. 1:84-107, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. I believe that with the advent of Christianity in parts of Africa, there has been a huge change is the amount of superstition. The concept of honour and shame was also helpful in African societies as it prevented people from stealing in order to gain prestige or win accolades from the community. Calabar: University of Calabar Press. "Who is Afraid of the Holy Ghost? This promoted the well-being of African societies. There are critics who argue that the African patterns of social behaviour are basically responsible for the material backwardness of African societies. Poverty to Sustainable Development: A Community-based Approach. Journal of Religion in Africa 36(3/4):346-378. The cases of religious and political patronage by politicians and religious leaders in Nigeria (cf. ), African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora and Gendered Societies, 1-12, Farnham: Ashgate. Mbiti asserts that Africans are notoriously religious. Religion, accordingly, is not just a typical function or variable amongst other variables: it constitutes the root from which the different branches of life sprout, grow and flourish. The Academy of Management Annals 6(1):87-134. Christians believe that his suffering took away all their sins. Whilst praying over issues of socio-political and economic importance is necessary, prayer should not replace responsible actions that are geared towards fighting unjust systems. For him this feature of intense religiosity should be contrasted with the enormity of corruption in Nigerian society. [ Links ], Kalu, OU 2010a. "Introduction: African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa: Contending with Gender, the Vitality of Indigenous Religions, and Diaspora," in Adogame, A, Chitando, E & Bateye, B (eds. African Christianity, through African Pentecostalism, offers a typical example of the enormous hope that extends from religion to the society. "Christian Perceptions of Islam and Society in Relation to Boko Haram and Recent Events in Jos and Northern Nigeria," in De Montclos, MP (ed. The Aladura of West Africa, for example, strongly believe that the spoken word can be endowed with 'Agbara emi' (spiritual power). 3, 3-10, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. Such political power and prestige should, however, be pursued and acquired legitimately. "Corruption in Africa: Causes, Effects, and Counter-Measures," in Belshaw, D, Calderisi, R & Sugden, C (eds. As community-based institutions with vibrant networks, religious communities will continue to serve as unifying factors and vehicles for socio-political and economic development within the African continent. If African societies are very religious but at the same time very poor and corrupt, to what extent does religion contribute to poverty and corruption on the continent? The concept of universal human rights and equality comes exclusively from the biblical idea that all people are created in the image of God. ), Religions in Africa: Conflicts, Politics and Social Ethics, The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu, Vol. These proverbs clearly imply a real awareness of how poverty as an undesirable state or condition of human well-being not only leads to exclusion from communal life but also to an undermining of the 'good life' that gives meaning and purpose to human existence.2. A map of religions in Africa shows that while Christianity dominates the southern part of the continent, Islam has majority control of the north and center. Religious communities should therefore initiate a culture of self-criticism and maintain a critical stance towards African socio-political and economic institutions. [ Links ], Mang, HG 2014. Religious leaders and the faithful will therefore do well to desist from these shameful acts, to be able to perform their prophetic role as the bastion of morality in society. [ Links ], Deng, LA 1998. Such indifference on the part of religious institutions and practitioners in Africa also distances them from their known roles in overturning social injustice in various contexts such as Europe in the past. [ Links ], Schuurman, E 2011. Source: ... By 1300 it had spread to Iceland, China and Russia, and from there to southern Africa, Asia and the Americas through European colonisers. The Search for Alternative Systems of Governance at the Grassroots, 73-85, Ibadan: Heinemann. However, despite the influence of secular modernism in Africa, such separation has not left a lasting imprint on African societies, where religion continues to play an important role in socio-economic and political life. Among African societies, religion is useful in mobilising resources that would not otherwise have been mobilised to address community problems. As tools of change, Christians may attempt to wipe out elements of traditional culture physically, as in the case of holy groves or idols. Instead of being a source of complacency, conflict and poverty, religion could provide a lens through which the public space can be re-imagined (Kalu 2010e:287) and developed. Such a Western worldview, which is unfamiliar to Africans, includes the compartmentalisation of life and asserts individual moral freedom in total disregard of the community. Whilst Africans are steeped in religiosity - this is expressed in many ways - poverty and corruption are rife on the continent. A Comparison of Four Approaches." "Combating High-Profile Corruption in Transitional Societies: Overview of Experiences from Some African Countries." Kunhiyop (2008:222) has, therefore, decried the fact that the Christian message that was passed on during the missionary era was wrapped in a culture that was alien to Africans; this meant that both the message and the culture were treated by the messenger as one and the same thing. African religions therefore constitute an enormous terrain that overlaps with the socio-political and economic spheres in sub-Saharan Africa and its diaspora. Such positive influence could ameliorate poverty and corruption, thereby assisting with the socio-political and economic transformation of the continent. The role of religious communities such as churches in Africa (but also of other religious communities, including African traditional religious communities) shows how indispensable religion is to the development of Africa. In fact, it was the speed with which change occurred that set the colonial era apart from earlier periods in South Africa. All African societies view life as one big whole and religion permeates all aspects of life. "Globalization and Religion: The Pentecostal Model in Contemporary Africa," in Kalu, W, Wariboko, N & Falola, T (eds. Religion is used in this contest as both a contested field and as an instrument of competition. [ Links ], Kalu, OU 2010b. It is also common knowledge that politicians in many African countries patronise pastors, imams and traditional medicine men in seeking spiritual power to win elections, keep themselves in positions of authority and even to undo their opponents (Ranger 2002; Rodrick 2002). In doing so, the religious, socio-economic and political spheres have continued to influence each other both positively and negatively. So our point of entry into the theme will have to be colonial history. London & New York: Zed Books. 5.5 The socio-economic impact of Christianity 207 5.6 Conclusion 213 Chapter six 217 ... 2 Louis Brenner (ed. Christianity was subtly intertwined with the agenda of the West. Journal of Economic Perspectives 19(3):19-42. The common belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, to whom all created beings are accountable, should serve as a continuous reminder to religious practitioners of the necessity for accountability in all matters. And whilst poverty persists on the continent, corruption is also rife (Kolade 2001:79-84). [ Links ], Asamoah-Gyadu, JK 2010. Alongside the building of optimism in the lives of worshippers through the hermeneutics for conscientisation, religion also contributes towards conscientising the religious practitioner to be responsive to the challenges of society. Why have Africans, both in moments of crisis and when in political or elevated positions, failed to live up to their religious vocation, especially in terms of enacting sound moral values? Religion and social transformation in Africa: A critical and appreciative perspective.pdf . Secondly, religion is employed in the political and economic spheres by those who legitimate their power by appealing to ritual sources to be found in traditional religion and culture. Africa's Decade of Change: Reflections on 10 Years of NEPAD. "Does it Matter that We Do not Agree on the Definition of Poverty? Content uploaded by Ignatius Swart. It shows the scope of religion as a uniting factor, as a source of empowerment in relation to socio-political and economic challenges and as a force for the recovery of collective consciousness from social crises. Churches also provided platforms that enabled civil society to survive even under oppressive regimes such as apartheid and military rule in Africa. A situation that has religious leaders living in opulence whilst many Africans (including their followers) are living in penury is opposed to the expected stance of the religious community, which should be one of solidarity with the poor and marginalised in society. The religious dimension in socio-economic and political contestation in Africa could be said to be both pervasive and complex (Kalu 2010d:36). Maluleke argues that this posture of the church towards the state explains the complicity of the church during the apartheid era and in the post-apartheid context in which the church could not speak for, identify with nor act decisively in favour of the poor and oppressed. ), The Development Change Agent: A Micro-Level Approach to Development, 1-20, Pretoria: Van Schaik. By using the concept of religion in relation to African Traditional Religion, Christianity and Islam, this article investigates the role of religion in the crisis of poverty and corruption in African society and argues that whilst religion has been instrumentalised in some instances to perpetuate poverty and corruption on the continent, it remains a crucial component of 'Africanness' and could contribute to moral, socio-political and economic transformation. Presbyterians and Early Charismatic Movement in Nigeria, 1966-1975," in Kalu, W, Wariboko, N & Falola, T (eds. From the coming of European settlers and missionaries in the seventeenth century, to the establishment of apartheid and its overthrow in 1994, Christianity played a central role in the formation of the country. (doi: 10.4102/koers.v76i2.21). Adigwe & Grau 2007:98-101; Afolayan 1994:12) are similar to those found in a number of other African countries - a noticeable case being Zimbabwe. PhD dissertation. A nexus between social capital drawn from religious communities, and civil society and democratic life is emerging among African societies (Agbiji 2012:135-136, 333). Don't already have an Oxford Academic account? Social change—Africa, West. Kalu (2010e:272) has rightly observed that the radicalisation of religion in Africa is accompanied by the scourge of poverty. Admittedly, just as religion influences the socio-political and economic spheres, so is religion also influenced by these spheres (Kalu 2010a:11-15). The impact of these practices in sustaining a vibrant Christian faith and promoting the growth of the church in Africa and in the diaspora is indeed undeniable (Kalu 2010c:84; Adogame 2013:60-78). Although the emphasis on prayer, healing, the power of the spoken word and music and dance is rooted biblically, these liturgical activities derive from traditional religious practices. The first question is whether the Christian faith had anything to do with the evolution of the historial dynamic which led to the domination of the world by a few European countries. Includes bibliographical references and index. Churches should build on this area of strength by designing curricula that are aimed at addressing the specific needs of African societies, such as the development of political, economic, and civil society institutions, and of technology. Fourthly, religious practitioners have often encouraged 'God-talk' that weakens the resolve of masses to rise up against unjust political and economic systems in Africa. Christianity arrived in Africa in the late 1st or early 2nd century AD, making these Christian communities some of the earliest in the world. [ Links ], Kalu, OU 2010g. "The Role of Institutional Factors in the Modeling of Economic Growth and in Policy Formulation in Africa," in Seck, D & Boko, S (eds. A few examples will illustrate the role of religion in terms of social capital drawn from religious communities, civil society and democratic life in Africa. Religion plays an indispensable role in fostering values such as honesty, integrity, openness, forthrightness and tolerance (Kalu 2010d:36; Tsele 2001:210-211). [ Links ], Tracey, P 2012. Available: http://www.nepad.org/system/files/Africa%20Decade%20of%20Change%20-%20Final.pdf [accessed 12 March 2014]. Such integration ensures the outflow and sustenance of life; this occurs within the context of community which embraces relationships with the source of life, which is the Divine and all of the created order. The immersion of the individual into the community begins with the family setting and extends to the house/compound (the extended family), and to the village and clan (the community). "Culture, Empowerment and Local Government with Reference to North Western Nigeria," in Adedeji, A & Ayo, B (eds. The role of churches in promoting social cohesion is indispensable. In striving to answer these questions, we will first seek to develop a better grasp of religion as a major constituent of the worldview of African people. Matthew Hassan Kukah (1996:20), on his part, has also argued that for religious communities and their leaders to be able to regain their values and moral authority, they must liberate themselves from the laagers of regionalism, inter- and intra-denominational or doctrinal clashes, historical antagonisms, suspicions, ethnicity and racial biases. This approach of African Christians forging relevant theologies and ministerial formation could also apply to other religions such as Islam in Africa. In considering the operation of religious and spiritual capital within the broader understanding of social capital, its importance in relation to the development of civil society and democratic life in Europe and North America should be recognised. You do not currently have access to this article. The aim here is to relate the promises in the Bible to the existential problems being experienced by the people so that no worshipper leaves the service bearing ' the burdens of yesterday' (Kalu 2010f:77). People saw phenomena such as weather, disease and human fate as subject to the whims of varios gods. "A Postcolonial South African Church: Problems and Promises," in Stinton, DB (ed. 3:269-290, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. The religious sector must be critical of the lifestyles of some religious leaders and corporate entrepreneurs. However, within the corpus of alternative developmental approaches, humankind is being urged to return to communal and sustainable lifestyles, as they are now believed to be the solution to the global economic and environmental challenges (Theron 2008:7-9). Koers: Bulletin for Christian Scholarship 76(2):373-386. [ Links ], Metuh, EI 2002. 2013:5-7). 2 The first author is from Olulumo (Okuni). Whilst Christianity and Islam, like traditional religions, serve as instruments for the mobilisation of political and economic power, they are also wrongly used by the elite as "instruments of political conflict" (Kalu 2010d:37). In Africa, religious communities are serving as a unifying factor and as a vehicle for social, economic and political development on the African continent (Tsele 2001:215), which has suffered acute fragmentation as a result of colonialisation, economic globalisation and deepening pauperization. New York: Columbia University Press. The Aladura, like other AICs, believe in witchcraft, demon-possession, and in the link between sickness, misfortune and the activities of evil spirits - which are also familiar themes in the New Testament and correlate with traditional beliefs (Kalu 2010b:5; Metuh 2002:xiii; Ejizu 2002:127-129). The use of religious institutions as distributors of relief and charity by political and economic institutions and by powerful individuals both locally and internationally further exacerbates the challenges of poverty and corruption in Africa. Despite the erosion of many religiously informed traditional practices by the forces of modernity and globalisation, religion, whether African Traditional, Christian or Islam, still has a vital contribution to make to the progress of African societies. In the process everyone is urged to become a victor and 'demon destroyer'. During Ibrahim Babangida's regime as a military despot in Nigeria from 1985-1993, religious and traditional leaders were used to support his schemes. Social, cultural and religious or spiritual capital are not mutually exclusive but are interconnected (Adogame 2013:106; cf. . The emphasis of the Aladura, Zion and Roho churches is on prayer, dreams, prophesy, faith-healing and providing solutions to existential problems. These churches fill the gaps created by poor governance. Christianity has been Kunhiyop (2008:222) maintains that it is this state of affairs that has impacted negatively on African Christians, leaving them with a moral attitude which is rooted neither in African traditional religious morality nor in Christian morality. ), Religions in Africa: Conflicts, Politics and Social Ethics, The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu, Vol. South Africa has the highest alcohol consumption in Africa per capita, nearly double the continent’s average. The enormity of corruption in African society in the midst of intense religiosity inevitably raises serious questions about the kind of Christian, Islamic and traditional religious morality that exists in this predominantly religious continent. "Christian Missionary Methods and their Influence on Eastern Nigeria," in Metuh, EI (ed. [ Links ], Adigwe, HA & Grau, I 2007. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and the NRF does not accept any liability in regard thereto. These values include love and peace, the sanctity of human life, human equality, human dignity, freedom, justice and social harmony. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press. ), African Theology on the Way: Current Conversations, 56-67, London: SPCK. This challenge is for an unprecedent-edly complex triple change: 1. "Holy Praiseco: Negotiating Sacred and Popular Music and Dance in African Pentecostalism," in Kalu, W, Wariboko, N & Falola, T (eds. Education - Education - South Africa: From the time of the first white settlements in South Africa, the Protestant emphasis on home Bible reading ensured that basic literacy would be achieved in the family. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. For the African, "to live is to be caught up in a religious drama" (Mbiti 1999:1). 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