First Annual African Apologetics Conference Asks if Christianity is the Faith for Africa

Left to right: Felix Sumba, Kevin Muriithi and Bill Dindi of Apologetics Kenya | Apologetics Kenya

The first Annual African Apologetics Conference is engaging with postmodern and traditional African worldviews by asking if Christianity is Africa’s faith.

Hosted by Christian group Apologetics Kenya, the Nov. 27 to Nov. 29 event is featuring over 26 lectures, public apologetics debates, panels and workshops online. The speakers include prominent African theologians, church leaders and Christian activists, according to the website.

“Younger generations are asking about the validity of their Christian faith in a global world,” Kevin Muriithi, chairperson of Apologetics Kenya, told The Christian Post. “We decided, since COVID is there and we have the technology, then why don’t we do something special?”

Christians in Africa face a surprising apologetics challenge, Muriithi said. They must be grounded enough in biblical truth to argue with postmodernism, traditional Western atheism, traditional African religions and Christian heresies like the prosperity gospel. In their context, versatile apologetics skills make a huge difference.

“We need to be able to understand what we believe and why we believe it as Christians and Africans,” he said. “We need to answer those questions with confidence, clarity and compassion.

Today, Africa has the most Christians of any continent. Since 1900, the number of Christians in Africa has multiplied by 70 times, Pew Research Center found. These numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, said Muriithi, because some African Christians are prosperity gospel believers who don’t truly understand the Gospel.

Some Africans feel uncomfortable with Christianity because of the colonial past. They turn to critical race theory or traditional tribal faiths because they feel like Christianity is a “white man’s religion,” Muriithi said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jackson Elliott

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