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During the pre-colonial period, Africans used their traditional methods of worship. However, the coming of the Portuguese to most parts of the African continent encouraged the acceptance of Christianity (Azevedo 406). They advocated for the acceptance of Christianity as a way of life. Another reason why Christianity spread more wildly was the effect of colonization. Missionaries could access the most remote areas in Africa which helped convert a large number of Africans (Azevedo 405). Lastly, the impact Christianity had on education and health was immense (Azevedo 406). This made it easy to accept Christianity in Africa. This element was appealing to the African people, thus leading them to accept the spread of Christianity.
Islam, on the other hand, came about as a result of some personal reasons. People wanted a religion that would make them have a common identity. For all the heterogeneous individuals, this seemed like the perfect religion to follow. Political instability also played a part in the acceptance of Islam. People needed to be affiliated with Islam for fear of persecution. Many African/Arab nations needed to have a base for social and political organization (Azevedo 413). This is one element that made Islam particularly attractive, and popular in today’s world.
There were some shortcomings of the Christian religion in the colonial period. One of them was the missionaries little attempt to train African clergy (Azevedo 406). Another problem they faced was racism. The institution’s racist attitude made it hard for missionaries to connect with the Africans on a personal level. The biggest problem was the perception Africans had about the Church. They believed that the Church was in Cahoots with colonial authorities (Azevedo 407). This made it even harder for the Church to spread the religion.
These issues are disappearing in today’s Church. The Church is becoming more action-oriented. This implies that
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