Monday, July 25, 2005

Dangers of mixing religion & development aid

A thought provoking and wide ranging article by Eman Ahmed on raises a number of serious questions about the activities of faith-based groups combining evangelism with development or humanitarian aid.

The conclusion is bleak: “Most of those involved in proselytization are often untrained, short term missionaries not familiar with the region's customs or culture. Although their intentions may be good, their religious chauvinism combined with socio-political insensitivities and inappropriate methodologies often undermine the very message they are trying to communicate….. they are contributing to the ever deepening religious fault lines in countries that are already violently divided by sectarian and religious strife.” Full text at:
A Dangerous mix: Religion & Development Aid