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Protestant Missionaries as Change Agents in East Africa

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This paper examines the relationship between religious beliefs and the role orientations of a sample of Protestant missionaries in East Africa. The findings challenge the theoretical linkages developed by Glock and his associates that doctrinal commitment of the highly orthodox Christians leads them to adopt an other-worldly, miraculous outlook and an antipathy toward this-worldly affairs. On a number of indicators, the respondents were typically aware of and interested in social and political affairs-just the converse of an antipathetic person who sees religious salvation as the only solution to social ills. From this analysis it seems evident that the missionaries embraced the sacred and the secular worlds in a rather harmonious fashion rather than the dichotomized view suggested theoretically.

Affiliations: 1: The University of Wyoming, Laramie, U. S. A.


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