Religion & Society Blog

Silence in the face of State brutality is complicity, Prophets!

July 12, 2016
‘IF you are neutral in situations of injustice then you have taken the side of the oppressor’ Desmond Tutu. The Archbishop’s prophetic remarks said it all when it comes to the Zimbabwean religious ‘prophets/fathers’ deafening silence following the injustices and violence being meted out by Zanu PF to poor, hungry ...

GOSPELNEURS (PART ONE)

July 8, 2016
I am writing this article with the purpose of disparaging the philosophies and the “improper” use of the Bible by self-proclaimed Pentecostal movement prophets with the objective of achieving selfish means or to spreading a “false” Gospel other from what is revealed in the Bible. Armed with Biblical defence I shall lay bare as we go, the error of the principles of these preachers of prosperity so called Gospelneurs. My aim is to defend the true ...

Churches must stop misguided attacks on conventional medicine

June 27, 2016
IN the wake of an avalanche of healings, signs and wonders in the spiritual world today, conceited efforts must be made to dispel the dangerous claims by some members of the clergy regarding their capabilities to treat ailments brought before them. The world in general, and Africa in particular, has ...

Miracles or magic: Unpacking the difference

June 20, 2016
THE buzzword in religious circles today is ‘miracles’; a church either has to have miracles or it simply has nothing to offer. This has resulted in a situation where people, mesmerized by the miracles, have to double­ dip for salvation. Double ­dipping for salvation relates to people belonging to traditional ...

Zimbabwe lacks religious leaders who can speak truth to power

May 30, 2016
POLITICS and religion remain among the most controversial topics in the affairs of man. Clergymen who dabble in politics are often viewed exclusively and somewhat treated with suspicion; they are often viewed as political players dressed in religious robes. It would appear, to some, that there should be no interface ...

Unpacking the ‘man of God’ misnomer

May 24, 2016
THE English International version dictionary defines a misnomer as ‘the use of a term that is misleading; it is the use of an inappropriate name’. A misnomer is a term whose common usage conflicts with a technical sense. Simply put, it is a term which does not mean what it ...

Look for pure wisdom from above

April 5, 2016
Life is about competition, dominance and outdoing each other. Competition is healthy and rewarding if it is meant to nurture talent. But it can be debilitating if losing is used as a put-down by spectators or other people who hold a stake. This competition we witness every day in its ...

People must desist from blasphemous remarks

March 29, 2016
ZIMBABWE is a country under political and economic siege. It is a country in dire straits such that people would virtually do or say anything to ensure their political survival. We have heard the weirdest statements of praisesinging from politicians as they seek to maintain political relevance and survival. It ...

Walking­on­water ‘miracle’: Christianity has lost its way

March 22, 2016
EACH time I write articles which border on exposing deception, I have had numerous responses in feedback and a particular question has always featured prominently. With the deep emotions that accompany religion, the exchanges for and against have always been laden with emotion. The primary motive of this scope of ...

Where is the church?

March 17, 2016
HAS the Zimbabwean church, whose public persona is dominated by tabloid headlines of trashy stories, betrayed its multitudes of members during what could be the country’s greatest time of need? Over 80 percent of Zimbabwe’s population professes allegiance to one Christian denomination or another. Religion does not only provide a ...
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