Religious Hypocrisy in Mongo Beti's The Poor Christ of Bomba

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During colonial period, European missionaries came in Africa under the pretext to civilize and convert them to Christianity. Hypocrisy was the major tool. This work examined religious hypocrisy during the colonial Cameroon as presented in Mongo Beti’s The Poor Christ of Bomba. We attempted to expose the extent to which religious hypocrisy impacted on new converts during this period. The first part deals with the matter of missionaries especially their coming in Africa in general and in Cameroon in particular, the second with the missionaries’ hypocrisy and focus on their strategies and the third tackles the consequences of hypocrisy. The work recommends the governments to enact lows controlling churches and worship houses, religious leaders to recognize the primacy of wisdom as a gift of the Holy Spirit and the followers to know that faith is not opposed to reason; rather, it requires the full development of reason.




Barinzigo Julien was born in Kigoma, United Republic of Tanzania, in 1974.He studied Modern Art at Nyankanda High School in Ruyigi Province and Philosophy at the High Seminary of Burasira and Saint Curé d’Ars High Seminary. He graduated at University of Burundi in English Kirundi Department where he got Associate degree in Applied Pedagogy.

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Religious Hypocrisy, Mongo Beti's The Poor Christ of Bomba

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RELIGION / General