Os escojo unos fragmentos de un interesante artículo en inglés sobre la fuerza del cristianismo en Nigeria:
… it’s clear that Christians measure their progress in comparison to Islam, which migrated across the Sahara in the Middle Ages and set deep roots in what is now northern Nigeria.
«Islam had been here for over 1,000 years,» said Onaiyekan. «Christianity came here in the last 100 years. Now Islam and Christians are about equal» – 66 million and 53 million, as estimated by the CIA.
El mantra de «la religión que más crece» es bastante falso. Una curiosidad:
In villages where Muslims attempt to enforce sharia law, the church finds allies among women, as well as drinkers of homemade beer. Big business for many village traders, the brew is outlawed by Islam but tolerated by Catholics.
«The ban on alcohol was like a blessing in disguise,» said the Rev. Malachy Flanagan, the vicariate secretary.
Los tabús alimenticios son irracionales. No digamos estarse todo el día sin beber agua en un clima desértico o tropical. Otro detalle, el atraso económico del Islam, la indolencia de sus seguidores:
The economic advantages of being Catholic are plain to Samuel Mayaki, 25, a farmer who converted from his parents’ African religion after seeing the success of the Ibo traders.
«Knowing how to read and write,» he said, «will bring us out of darkness.»
One of the missionaries’ bigger projects is a venture that has built more than 200 wells in the parched villages.