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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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April 19, 2019
There are already more Christians in Africa than any other continent—that’s not going to change soon By 2060 six of the countries with the top ten largest Christian...
April 15, 2019
Sister Christine Imbali of the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret, in western Kenya, has been working to help low-income women and families end their reliance on her small...
April 15, 2019
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, spoke to the United Nations March 1 as a representative of the church in a nation where Boko Haram has captured and terrorized...
March 28, 2019
The battle over religious practice has once again been dragged to the courts. In a suit filed by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem) and a parent, the two...
March 28, 2019
Human Assistance Initiative (HUMAI), a non-governmental organisation has organised a three-day inter-faith dialogue in Mowe, Ogun State, for youths and some groups across the...
March 18, 2019
When Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan returned to Somalia seven years ago after studying Islam in Yemen, he began a campaign to end the genital mutilation of his country’s young women....
March 18, 2019
In Chad, some civil servants and heads of major institutions have refused to take the oath of office on a religious text. The new constitution, in force since May 2018,...