From the July/August, 2009 issue of Touchstone
The Heart of Africa by Phillip E. Johnson

The Heart of Africa

My Internet reading has once again led my attention toward Africa. On December 27, 2008, the London Times published a short article by Matthew Parris with the long and attention-grabbing title, “As an Atheist I Truly Believe Africa Needs God.” The even longer subtitle summarizes the bottom line: “Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa’s biggest problem—the crushing passivity of the people’s mindset.” Parris doesn’t explain why he is still an atheist, but he does a stunning job of explaining why his view of Christian missionary efforts in Africa has drastically changed in recent years.

In late 2008, Parris returned to Malawi—which he knew as Nyasaland w . . .


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