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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 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...
April 9, 2018
Rwanda’s government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community whose sometimes makeshift...
April 9, 2018
While religious leaders have special place in the social life of Ethiopians, scholars in the field of Theology stress on the fact that they should up their strategic role to...
April 9, 2018
There has been a well established recognition in the valuable contributions of religious institutions in communities’ development. The main mission of those institutions...
April 9, 2018
The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) Commission has been flooded with letters from Christians...
April 9, 2018
Religious and traditional leaders in Mangochi on Tuesday appealed to politicians in the country to desist from using religion as a tool for gaining political mileage in the...