Sunday, December 28, 2008

'As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God'

Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa's biggest problem - the crushing passivity of the people's mindset;  this is argued by self-declared atheist, Matthew Parris, in the Times.  Have a read!  The whole article is HERE.
Here a start:
Before Christmas I returned, after 45 years, to the country that as a boy I knew as Nyasaland. Today it's Malawi, and The Times Christmas Appeal includes a small British charity working there. Pump Aid helps rural communities to install a simple pump, letting people keep their village wells sealed and clean. I went to see this work. 
It inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities. But travelling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I've been trying to banish all my life, but an observation I've been unable to avoid since my African childhood. It confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my world view, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God. 

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