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Western Theology meets African Spirituality: Spiritual Healing in Madagascar Robert Bennett

Western Theology meets African Spirituality: Spiritual Healing in Madagascar

Robert Bennett

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This essay was presented to the 2012 International Association of Mission Studies Conference in Toronto.The story of Madagascar is similar to many other early Christian missionary accounts. By the time of Christian expansion into Africa, theMoreThis essay was presented to the 2012 International Association of Mission Studies Conference in Toronto.The story of Madagascar is similar to many other early Christian missionary accounts. By the time of Christian expansion into Africa, the enlightenment had emptied western theology of much of its belief in spirits, angels, demons, and miracles. Therefore, western missionaries found responding to animism a difficult prospect. Across denominational lines, a similar story was unfolding. European colonizers consistently identified African religions with savage superstition. Such was the case for the Christian missionaries who arrived in Madagascar. While the church saw some initial success on the island, things quickly seemed to come to a stop. However, seemingly out of nowhere an indigenous movement broke out among the early Christians called the Fifohazana, translated into English as revival. The Fifohazana would not only successfully create an orthodox Christian Church, but also would become a force affecting Christianity throughout the world. This essay introduces the history of the Fifohazana movement and begins to demonstrate how spiritual healing paired with western theology and medicine formed spiritual centers of healing called tobys in Madagascar and other parts of the world.