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CMS Niger Mission Agents’ Field Practice

  • Femi J. Kolapo
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Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Abstract

This chapter explores the missionaries’ cultural engagement strategies. It analyzes how the evangelistic practices of Crowther's agents included the use of motifs and idioms that had analogous local counterparts. Hence, while their messages were partly adversarial, some of their own evangelistic methods in critical areas paralleled thought structures and numinous practices rooted in African local culture. Crowther’s missionaries’ instruments of evangelism—symbolic and material—were compatible with local expectations for, and expression, of indigenous spirituality. Reflective of the missionaries' own indigenous African provenance, this facilitated the translation of aspects of the missionary message and evangelistic program into a medium structurally and ritually familiar to the people and seemingly fitting into their cultural framework.

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  • Femi J. Kolapo
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  1. 1.University of GuelphGuelphCanada

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