Mr. Brown and Mr. Smith are apparently similar in their backgrounds and beliefs, as well as their common English names, though their methods of spreading the faith are quite different. Mr. Brown is “very firm in restraining his flock from provoking the wrath of the clan.” Although he opens the church to outcasts and people of low standing, he understands the structure of the community and gains the respect of great men, such as Akunna, with whom he spends hours discussing theology. Mr. Brown is prepared to explain his beliefs in ecumenical terms that Akunna will understand. He accepts that the Christian God is, to all intents and purposes, the same as Chukwu, and is willing to learn from Akunna.
Mr. Smith is introduced as the polar opposite of Mr. Brown:
He condemned openly Mr. Brown's policy of compromise and accommodation. He saw things as black and white. And black was evil. He saw the world as a battlefield in which the children of light were locked in mortal conflict with the...
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