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[[ Download Ebook ]] á White Men's God: The Extraordinary Story of Missionaries in Africa ⛓ The story of Christian missionaries in Africa is an extraordinary one, a central drama of cultural encounter unfolding over two hundred years and profoundly changing Africa in the process It is also the story of thousands of individual men and women from Europe and the USA, and of millions of Africans, whose lives were altered Central to the story is the Christian faith, the ways in which missionaries took it to Africa, and the ways in which the Africans accepted or rejected it But missionising had a much broader impact than the religious one, relating to travel and exploration, medical care, education and imperialism Also bound up in the story are issues of race and racism , commerce, politics and warfareAlthough there have been scholarly works on parts of the story, this is the first general history, and the first history to provide a broad sweep The documentary record is very rich, and the author has drawn on many texts, of and about missionaries A preface outlines European contact with Africa prior toincluding Jesuit travel in Ethiopia , but the narrative proper begins with the earliest attempts by German and English Protestant missionary societies to set up missions in West Africa, a strategy which related to the end of slavery and the notion of repatriation for ex slaves Subsequent chapters examine the activities of a whole range of other societies in different parts of Africa Throughout, the narrative returns to the key themes of religion, race, culture and commerce played out in the arenas of conversion, education and medical care This is a history of colonial Africa from the perspective of the many religious missions to convert the Africans to Christianity The cast of characters is extensive, and it is somewhat daunting at times to keep track of which missionary society and particularly which missionary is which It is an epic struggle, not only between missionaries and natives, but between Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims as well as the many western countries with colonial interests in Africa There were some truly This is a history of colonial Africa from the perspective of the many religious missions to convert the Africans to Christianity The cast of characters is extensive, and it is somewhat daunting at times to keep track of which missionary society and particularly which missionary is which It is an epic struggle, not only between missionaries and natives, but between Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims as well as the many western countries with colonial interests in Africa There were some truly good missionaries who saw the African people as fellow humans and stood up for their rights But too often it was a story of exploitation Archbishop Desmond Tutu quotes a parable of the Xhosa people When the white man first came here, he had the Bible and we had the land Then the white man said to us Come, let us kneel and pray together So we knelt and closed our eyes and prayed, and when we opened our eyes again, lo we had the Bible and he had the land