African Reactions to Missions

Lamin Sanneh brings some helpful nuance to the discussion of European missions in his preface to the third edition of Christianity Rediscovered: “In one sense Africans reacted to missions as a variation of Europe’s unsolicited tutelage, but, in another sense, Christianity offered Africans the language of liberation and equality with which to oppose colonial repression. It was not so much the Christian discovery of Africa that challenged prevailing attitudes towards non-Western cultures as the African discovery of Christianity.”[1]

[1] Vincent J. Donovan, Christianity Rediscovered: An Epistle from the Masai, 3rd ed (London: SMC Press, 2001), vii.