Tag Archives: religion

Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away

The importance of religion to Africans is well known among those who study and follow the continent. Of particular interest has been the explosive and relatively recent growth of Christianity there. For example, the conventional wisdom is that in 1900, Christians in what is now Nigeria were perhaps 2 percent of the population. Now, they are said to comprise roughly half of a population of over 200 million. (Nobody really knows how large Nigeria’s population is or what proportion of it is Christian, but this conventional wisdom is widely accepted by Nigerians themselves.) Explanations for Christianity’s success have included its association with the colonial masters and the modern world. Others, perhaps derisively, have observed that Christianity in Africa is “a mile wide but an inch…

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Story on African-Americans found in unmarked graves notes religion — GetReligion

Reader Chris Blevins urged us to check out a USA Today story on the discovery of unmarked graves in Texas.

Blevins praised the piece as a rare case of a news outlet “allowing the religious angles to speak for themselves.”

“I know you guys at Get Religion emphasize praise for reporters when they get it right as well as justifiable criticism when they get it wrong,” Blevins noted.

He is right on both counts.

In a tweet, USA Today editor in chief Nicole Carroll linked to the “powerful story” by national reporter Monica Rhor, which opens with this compelling scene:

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Reginald Moore sank deep into silent prayer, an electric candle casting a glow on the countenance of Martin Luther King Jr. embossed on his black T-shirt.

Beside him, on the steps of Sugar Land City Hall, 50…

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African Journal of Gender and Religion July 2019

African Journal of Gender and Religion (AJGR) is the first, online,
double-blind peer- reviewed, open access journal for the transdisciplinary
study of gender and religion in Africa.

AJGR is a
bi-annual publication housed in The Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social
Justice at the University of the Western Cape. The journal seeks to explore the
ways in which power operates in gendered relationships and the ways in which this
power is determined and promoted by religious and cultural norms. We welcome
submissions which draw on a variety of resources available within feminist,
queer and masculinity studies as they intersect with religion and culture. The
AJGR is an accredited publication of the South African Department of Higher
Education and Training.

For the
July 2019…

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Winti, the 16th-century African religion that survived a 100-year ban by the Dutch in Suriname

The Winti Traditional Religion, a purely African religion, was started around the 16th century by enslaved Africans taken from West Africa into Suriname, which was by then a Dutch Colony.

In 1667, Suriname officially became a colony under the Dutch after several disputes with the British who also had a grounded settlement and trading businesses on the land. After the Dutch successfully took over the lands, they immediately started a heavy slave trading business.

The traders preferred West African slaves mainly because weather conditions in the new colony were very similar to West Africa’s, meaning that the captured people could adapt easily and that they were mentally and physically stronger, could work for longer hours and hardly fell sick.

Winti Traditional Religious…

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Religion and African American Studies professor Eddie Glaude talks Twitter advocacy

Eddie Glaude GS ’97, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor.

Courtesy of the Department of African American Studies.

When political news breaks, the reactions it garners can elicit verbose and detailed responses from the nation’s elite academics. But, sometimes, in the limited space of Twitter, the only thing James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor Eddie S. Glaude GS ’97 needs to say is, “WTH?!”

In the past month alone, nine different articles, reports, and pieces of news have received that exact reaction from Glaude.

Despite the occasional brevity of his tweets, Glaude’s…

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5 bizarre rituals African ‘pastors’ perform in the name of religion

African pastors have recently become popular for all the wrong reasons. They are now more known for their extravagant and luxurious lifestyles than for preaching the word of God.

In their quest for this life, many have resorted to bizarre rituals of ‘healing’ and ‘luring’ more people to their churches.  Just recently news that a South African pastor,  Prophet Rufus Phala, made his congregation drink Jik bleach has been going viral on social media. Four people have died as a result of this act.


It is not the first time Phala has been in the news. In 2016, he made the congregation drink Dettol and even the…

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