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How does a society’s worldview and/or religious beliefs affect development?

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Understanding African Problems from the Roots to the Fruits

by Chris Ampadu

Africa, the pleasant continent of promise, has been perceived as a dark and cursed continent. But is Africa cursed? Most of the world is acquainted with only the bad news of Africa: wars, sicknesses, pain, poverty, hunger, famine, and deprivation. On the continent, many have given up hope. With the massive assistance and support that Africa has received, coupled with the enormous natural resources at her disposal, why has the continent not emerged from her predicaments? Though external factors such as colonialism, the slave trade, and global trade balances have taken their toll on Africa, the biggest obstacle to the continent’s development and progress is internal.

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A Specialized God

by Dan Poenaru

The dichotomy between physical and spiritual health reflects a gradual degradation of the church from a living, thriving body of believers connected through all spheres of life on earth into a social club gathering offering a very specific, and limited, range of “spiritual services” such as marriages, burials, childhood and adult Christian education, and the like. In the African culture and tradition, this “divine specialization” (Loewen 2000, 95-101) is particularly concerning.

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