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Religion thrives on poverty!

The last one week i have spend most of my time in the slums of Nairobi, talking to folks and trying to understand why belief in the supernatural is so pervasive in the slums and other poor dwellings. And this has led me to conclude that religion thrives in places where poverty levels are high.

povertyIt is my hypothesis that the less poverty there is in any society, the less religious that society will be. I was in huruma estate (a slum in eastlands) for the past one week. Folks there are only interested in basics. Food, clothing, rent, water, school fees etc. They main aspiration is to meet the bare minimum. While at it, they become very vulnerable to any message of hope and a future ‘good’ life. Life has become too harsh, it is actually normal to be poor. Jesus seems to be the only savior! These poor folks there easily opt for religion as an alternative. They find hope, false hope in churches and rogue pastors in those places.

It is therefore my view that as a country, we should make eradication of poverty our highest priority, and religion will take back stage.


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This entry was posted on August 4, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
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