PC: A de-Christianization of Sub-Saharan Africa after the end of colonialism?

Futurist

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Would it have been plausible/realistic for a de-Christianization of Sub-Saharan Africa to occur after the end of colonialism?

The logic behind this would be that Christianity is the White Man's religion and that since the White Man colonized Africa, Christianity must be bad. It's a very simplistic logic, but a lot of people might unfortunately tend to think simply. Anyway, in such a scenario, I was thinking of Christian Africans abandoning their Christian faith and adopting different religions which they perceive to be as more anti-colonialist.

How plausible do you think that this would have been?
 
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#2
It's not that simple. Christianity was imposed by Europeans, and this was a justification for colonialism. The logic was sound since it was part of the colonalisation package.
It could have happened, and they would have been pretty much needed somebody who espoused this. The major figures like Kenyatta, Nkrumah, Mobuto, etc. were more interested in politics and localised control. But if they added an anti-Christian message, it may have succeeded.
 
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It's not that simple. Christianity was imposed by Europeans, and this was a justification for colonialism. The logic was sound since it was part of the colonalisation package.
It could have happened, and they would have been pretty much needed somebody who espoused this. The major figures like Kenyatta, Nkrumah, Mobuto, etc. were more interested in politics and localised control. But if they added an anti-Christian message, it may have succeeded.
Which religions would have become the most popular in Africa if de-Christianization would have been embraced by the post-independence African elites?
 

VHS

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Quite contrary to the post-Christian Europe (and Canada to some extent), Christianity still dominates in Sub-Saharan Africa, even though it is mostly Africanized.
 
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Quite contrary to the post-Christian Europe (and Canada to some extent), Christianity still dominates in Sub-Saharan Africa, even though it is mostly Africanized.
In fact Christianity seems more firmly ingrained in former colonial regions now (e.g. sub-Saharan Africa, South America) than it is in the countries that spread Christianity through colonisation in the first place (e.g. Britain, France, Spain, Portugal). Certainly a very interesting topic to explore.
 
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Futurist

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In fact Christianity seems more firmly ingrained in former colonial regions now (e.g. sub-Saharan Africa, South America) than it is in the countries that spread Christianity through colonisation in the first place (e.g. Britain, France, Spain, Portugal). Certainly a very interesting topic to explore.
The former colonial subjects--at least in Africa--also often appear to be much more hardcore in their Christianity. For instance, a lot of Christian African countries have laws prohibiting homosexual conduct.
 

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