At last missiologists are paying attention to witchcraft and witchhunts


For the last twenty years or so I’ve been urging missiologists to consider the issue of witchcraft and witch hunts, but few of them have thought it was sufficiently important to warrant their attention.

On a few occasions, when the Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS) were discussing the theme for their next conference, I suggested this topic, but the suggestions never got much support, and were never followed up.

An article I wrote on the topic, Christian responses to witchcraft and sorcery, was published in Missionalia, the SAMS journal, but that was about as far as it went.

Since I wrote that 20 years ago, things have got much worse.

Back in 1995 witch hunts were mainly carried out by people with a traditional fear of witchcraft, and where missiologists did pay attention to it, they thought that the solution was a good dose of modernity and the…

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