To develop Africa needs god


To which I ask which god and why?

This is a comment to  a response by Ikenna Okonkwo; To develop, Africa needs god, to a response by Leo Igwe; Africa needs development, not god on a post originally written by Matthew Paris: As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs god

My response to this post, in case the OP does not allow it to go through moderation is

There is no place in the world, that I know of, where people killed each other for being reasonable and as such to equate free-thought and skepticism to the ideologies of Stalin and Mao is to miss the point by a mile.
If as you imply Christianity provides the means for men to be good, pray tell me, why this is not reflected in the conduct of many of the leaders in African countries who identify as christian?
And why do you look down upon African traditions? Have you been so colonized in the mind to not notice that Africa lost so much with the coming of the colonialist? We had a rich culture and engagement with each other and the world, The language of a creator god who creates from nothing does not have a parallel in most African languages because it is far from logical.
What Africa needs is education and good education at that. She requires that governments expend money in ways that promote development and are accountable to the electorate. She must develop systems that are efficient. And she must be free from religion and its ability to numb the brain.
No one denies that the missionaries built schools and hospitals in many places in Africa. All we are saying is the African must begin to break free of religiosity that stops him from engaging rationally with his government, always resorting to prayers when firm action is required and to rise above the bigotry you are trying to spread here promoted by the christian worldview about gays, assisted dying, abortion among others.

Related reading

TOWARD DECOLONIZING AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

10 thoughts on “To develop Africa needs god

  1. ladysighs says:

    But WHICH god do they need?

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  2. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Which one is right! The hateful one? The vindictive one? The repressive one? The jealous one? There are so many to choose from! Excellent argument, my friend! 🙂

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  3. fojap says:

    You know, in one of the most violent parts of our town here, one of the most violent in the U.S., you can find a church on every corner. Whenever someone is trying to get his or her life together, the first thing they usually do is start going to church. If they don’t, someone else is sure to suggest it. I’ve suggested to my sister, maybe they don’t need the church to be good. Maybe they need reason.

    I have a cousin who prays when she has sexual feelings that people have convinced her are wrong. Meanwhile, she’s had four children by four different men. Maybe it’s time to stop praying and start getting condoms. Unfortunately, she lives in the South and I’m the only person who says things like that to her. Those sexual feelings are natural and Jesus isn’t going to take them away because Jesus doesn’t exist. So, she needs to use her brain (Her I.Q. is 145, so it works well enough.) and come up with a rational way to deal with her sexual desire.

    That’s just a microcosm. Why do people think religion will help? Are the most functional societies the most religious? Are the most functional people the most religious?

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    • makagutu says:

      I agree that maybe they need reason. Attendance to churches, mosques or synagogues is not an insurance against being a dysfunctional member of society, sometimes church may legitimise some behaviour like bigotry towards gays, CSW and any other group of persons they think are acting contra the teachings of their chosen church.

      Your cousin should spend more time with you, maybe you could teach her there is nothing wrong with those feelings.

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  4. Mordanicus says:

    Among my favourite sayings is the following: heaven help those who help themselves.

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  5. Eric Alagan says:

    Africa needs a lot of things – even god. But (whatever) god can come later, not now, not yet, I reckon.

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    • makagutu says:

      Africa sure does need a lot of things. She needs to get rid of despots, she needs to improve her food situation, sustainable development, fair balance of trade with her development partners, end civil wars, education and healthcare among others.
      If at the end of the long list, they still think gods are necessary, then maybe they can create a god besides no raw material is needed except a creative imagination and a god who is invisible and unknowable but has spoken to a few men.

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