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Title:East African Christians and World War One
Author:Pirouet, M. Louise
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:East Africa
World War I
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180615
Abstract:An examination of what happened to the church in East Africa during World War I shows that the missionaries paternalistic premise, that the growth of the church would suffer a serious setback as a result of the war because of the disruption of missionary work when mission personnel were called up, interned or not replaced, was wrong. In many cases African Christians responded to the situation by shouldering responsibilities in a way which surprised the missionaries on their return. The real 'injury to the Christian cause' may have lain, not in the removal of so many missionaries, but in their failure to recognise this as an opportunity rather than as a disaster, and their attempt to put the clock back after the war was over, and try to re-establish the old, pre-war order of things, thereby frustrating natural leadership. Notes, sum.