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The author encountered people in many Churches who made a positive impression on him as being, in his view, 'genuinely religious', 'true seekers of God' as well as true seekers of a better world. In his view, the challenge facing Benin is in coming to terms with its history, making the jump from what Achille Mbémbé has described as "the victimisation paradigm" into a positive engagement with the world. At two gatherings, Catholic and Protestant, he was appalled at the repetition of the victimisation thesis in a way that seemed to him negative and to be digging the hole even deeper. He met scholars who acknowledged the depth of this problem and the urgency of dealing with it and this must be taken as a hopeful sign. If the Churches can contribute to this process, if they can tell an Exodus story, then they will have made an important contribution.

Keywords: Achille Mbémbé; Benin; Churches; Exodus story; God; victimisation thesis



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