Contending Creeds in Africa

Erik V. Kuehnelt-Leddihn
April 1982
National Review;4/2/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p362
The article discusses the cultural and political implications for the visit of Pope John Paul II in Africa. In Africa Christian civilization is competing both with old native traditions and customs, and with two other forces, Islam and Socialism-Communism. Socialism-Communism appeals to the ingenuous urge to embrace allegedly up-to-date political fashions, while the appeal of Islam is more narrowly religious. According to the author, on his trip the Pope carried certain trump cards. He could have pointed not only to the material benefits of the colonial past, but also to the immense work of education and medical care undertaken by hundreds of unsung Catholic and Evangelical missionaries.


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