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Fixed mindset v Growth mindset

Thought Leaders Series: 2019

The issue with religious folks (all faiths) lies in their understanding and interpretation of ‘reality’.

For religious folks reality is subjective, therefore events and history is subjective. In other words reality is seen only through the theological or doctrinal tenets of their ‘sacred text’.

The issue here is that these sacred texts were in fact written by thinkers and philosophers who were themselves trying to make sense of the complexities of their world. If these folks were alive today they would have corrected most of their errors themselves.

But because these texts are deemed sacred, they stay fixed. As a result religious folks often operate with a fixed mindset, as to a growth mindset which opens up new possibilities for knowledge acquisition, understanding and progress.

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The Task Upon Us

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

The writers of the religious texts which form the basis of most known faith traditions were trying to make sense of their world, challenging social norms, and offering a moral vision of how communities, kingdoms and states can function effectively.

Some of their ideas are enduring, while others are shortsighted. Therefore, instead of treating these texts as absolutes, the task upon us is to challenge those that are shortsighted and the people and institutions peddling them, and present better alternatives of how our world should function in age of globalisation, democracy and technological advancement.

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A Moral Critique of the Book of Exodus_4

Today at Healingsprings fellowship

In recent months I explored some fundamental problems with biblical texts and their doctrinal implication, using the book of Exodus as a case study.

This series sparked a lot of questions which has opened my eyes to the degree of assumptions made by Christians about the influence of the faith. I also discovered that non-believers are often more knowledgeable about Christian history and its implication on social norms and our world.

When we draw swift conclusions without doing the required research we leave no room for possibilities. This is particularly depressing in an era in which access to information is easy and affordable once we have the right guidance or mentorship. I emphasise the need for guidance because there are lots of poor quality information out there also.

So back to the subject at hand, writing on the relationship between colonialism and religion for instance, citing Jan H. Boer (the Sudan United Mission), Falola (2001) argues that:

Colonialism is a form of imperialism based on a divine mandate and designed to bring liberation – spiritual, cultural, economic and political – by sharing the blessings of the Christ-inspired civilization of the West with a people suffering under satanic oppression, ignorance and disease, effected by a combination of political, economic and religious forces that cooperate under a regime seeking the benefit of both ruler and ruled.” – Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies, p. 33.

So, it will seem that some missionaries were trying to fix the colossal damage that slavery made on the geography, life and psyche of Africans. Because If we rewind back a few centuries before slavery in Africa, early missionaries recalled that poverty was an alien concept within African societies. Africans were organised in tribes or kingdoms, and there were sophisticated systems and processes in place to address the concerns of the poor, disabled, elderly, widows and orphans. Judaism could not be said to be more civilised or ethical because disabled people were not allowed into the Temple, even animals for sacrifice were meant to be without spot, wrinkle, or blemish; and lepers were not allowed into the community.

To this end, how do we harness all that is good and ethical about humanity to move us forward?

Join us at 3pm today for the series: From Order to Chaos: a study on Exodus

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