How do Christainity and Traditional African Reilgions differ in terms of contributiing to nation building?Especially in South Africa or other African countries?

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  • Neither Christianity nor Islam is growing significantly in sub-Saharan Africa at the expense of the other; there is virtually no net change in either direction through religious switching.
  • At least half of all Christians in every country surveyed expect that Jesus will return to earth in their lifetime, while roughly 30% or more of Muslims expect to live to see the re-establishment of the caliphate, the golden age of Islamic rule.
  • People who say violence against civilians in defense of one's religion is rarely or never justified vastly outnumber those who say it is sometimes or often justified. But substantial minorities (20% or more) in many countries say violence against civilians in defense of one's religion is sometimes or often justified.
  • Majorities in almost every country say that Western music, movies and television have harmed morality in their nation. Yet majorities in most countries also say they personally like Western entertainment.
  • In most countries, more than half of Christians believe in the prosperity gospel - that God will grant wealth and good health to people who have enough faith.
    • By comparison with people in many other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africans are much more optimistic that their lives will change for the better.


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