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Communities of faith beyond the West today confront challenges and opportunities that are peculiar to the post-Western phase of the worldwide Christian movement. Just as new nations were coming into existence with faltering steps, new communities of faith were also emerging with contrasting energy and momentum, creating the dual challenge of membership in the religious community alongside membership in the national community. The duties of religion overlap with the demands of nationality, making obedience to God an obligation simultaneous with loyalty to the nation. While Christian teaching addresses this dual obligation from the point of view of Western consensus, it has not done so to the same extent from the point of view of emerging post-Western societies and their pre-Christian heritage.

The Project on Religious Freedom & Society in Africa is housed at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. 

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July 16, 2018
Catholic leaders in the Central African Republic are “outraged” over the calls by a self-styled Church defense group for Christians to carry out revenge attacks on Muslims....
May 3, 2018
The pollution problem in many African cities goes beyond just the air quality. Over the years, governments across the continent have attempted to tackle the noise pollution...
April 27, 2018
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2018 Annual Report, documenting religious freedom violations and progress in 28 countries during...
April 24, 2018
Urban Africans contend with a great deal of noise day in and out. In a bid to curb noise pollution, authorities in Ghana want Muslims to use WhatsApp rather than loudspeakers...
April 24, 2018
Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail approved on Monday the legalising of 102 churches and 64 church-associated buildings during a meeting with a regulating committee...
April 20, 2018
Nigeria, one of the world’s most religious nations—where religious identity and religious freedom are considered of primary importance—continues to experience high levels of...
April 9, 2018
It was two days of brainstorming and dialoguing on ‘Religious Freedom and Society in Africa,’ a workshop organised by the The Kukah Centre, Abuja in collaboration with Yale...