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Title:Breaking the foreign pot: mainline churches and the burden of democratization in Cameroon
Author:Mbuagbo, Oben TimothyISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review (ISSN 1596-5031)
Volume:11
Pages:75-92
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:democratization
Church
Christian theology
Link:https://doi.org/10.4314/lhr.v11i1.5
Abstract:This paper is a critical reflection on the role traditional mainline Christian churches in Cameroon such as the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) could play in democratizing political and social life. It argues that for these churches to play this role effectively, they need to go beyond parochial considerations in the exercise of their Christian mission. Drawing from broad historical data, local Christian literature, and local press reports, the current failure of these churches to contribute effectively to the democratization process in Cameroon is attributed to a combination of historical and contemporary factors. The continuous reliance by these churches on their inherited colonial roots and the failure to reform their own internal administrative workings in a liberal-democratic spirit are serious handicaps in any endeavour towards influencing desired change in Cameroon. Questioning their historical roots in view of effecting thoroughgoing reforms within their own administrative and theological structure is deemed necessary if these mainline Christian churches hope to be credible players in current efforts at political and social transformation in Cameroon. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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