In support of the 500-year project:
“Those who want Africa to walk tall amid 21st-century global competition must not kid themselves that providing the material means or even the knowhow that accompanies what we call development will make the change. A whole belief system must first be supplanted.
“And I’m afraid it has to be supplanted by another. Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete. ”
Matthew Parris, “As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God,” The Times, December 27, 2008
(Hat tip: Rod Dreher)