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Meerkat
01-26-2006, 04:41 PM
In Africa, Islam and Christianity are growing - and blending (http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20060126/ts_csm/ochrislam;_ylt=AlKVA9xAWXym5Oj8U3Gtt3Ss0NUE;_ylu=X 3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlY wM3MTY-)




By Abraham McLaughlin, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor Thu Jan 26, 3:00 AM ET

LAGOS, NIGERIA - At first, it seems a surprising sight: inside a two-story mosque in sub-Saharan Africa's largest metropolis hangs a life-size portrait of Jesus Christ.

Yet worshipers at "The True Message of God Mission" say it's entirely natural for Christianity and Islam to cexist, even overlap. They begin their worship by praying at the Jesus alcove and then "running their deliverance" - sprinting laps around the mosque's mosaic-tiled courtyard, praying to the one God for forgiveness and help. They say it's akin to Israelites circling the walls of Jericho - and Muslims swirling around the Ka'ba shrine in Mecca.

This group - originally called "Chris-lam-herb" for its mix-and-match approach to Christianity, Islam, and traditional medicine - is a window on an ongoing religious ferment in Africa. It's still up for debate whether this group, and others like it, could become models for Muslim-Christian unity worldwide or whether they're uniquely African. But either way, they are "part of a trend," says Dana Robert, a Boston University religion professor.

imported_GregW
01-26-2006, 04:59 PM
The Alawites in Syria, who happen to be in charge these days, celebrate Christmas!

[ 01-26-2006, 05:59 PM: Message edited by: GregW ]

Osborne Russel
01-26-2006, 11:05 PM
If there was a council of Nicea, why shouldn't there be a council of Lagos?