Modern Christianity as a Narrative of the Deception of Empire

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This is the compelling topic we explored recently with our guest speaker, Dr D Zac Niringiye. Renowned as “the foremost evangelical Christian thinker/theologian today,” Dr. Niringiye brings a distinguished career spanning theology, mission leadership, pastoral work, social justice activism, and organisational consultancy. We are truly privileged to host this retired assistant bishop of Kampala Diocese and current Uganda Christian University fellow as he shares profound insights honed through teaching across Africa, Europe, and North America.

The lecture discusses the relationship between Christianity and empire, and calls for a critical examination of how modern forms of Christianity have been complicit with and shaped by patterns of imperial power. The speaker argues that dominant forms of Christianity have often reflected the same logics of social power as empires, marked by greed, hegemony, and the subjugation of the “other.”

The speaker shares their personal background and context, shaped by a Western education system and encounters with evangelical Christianity in the West. They then trace how Christianity has historically been used to justify and propagate imperial projects like the transatlantic slave trade.

The central proposal is that rather than hoping that modern Christianity can somehow trump empire, we must engage in deep “soul-searching” to renounce the hegemonic, empire-complicit forms of Christianity. Instead, the speaker calls for embracing the gospel’s vision of justice, love, and shalom – a vision that requires being willing to suffer alongside the oppressed under empire, not for the sake of mission, but to authentically embody the power of the cross.


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This was a ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ถ ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ, which ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ถ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ (๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ) ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜–๐˜Š๐˜”๐˜š.
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