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Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart brings to mind a number of questions Were the missionaries merely doing their moral duty as Christians by spreading the word of God to the Ibo Or were they wrong in the fact that they invaded a society that never wanted to hear the word of God The Europeans condemned the Ibo people as barbarians and savages which were justifiable by the European religious and social definition of the words Ultimately the Europeans began a moral crusade to save the barbarians from their ultimate demise a Christian hell This crusade was as unjustified at the turn of the century as it would be today Being an atheist makes it easy to look at each religion as equal Though each believes in a different set of fables and tales they each have a similar message Religion gives a devout society a set of rules that are believed to be punishable by an omnipotent non-human entity Whether or not the religion is Christian which believes a ritual turns bread and wine into flesh and blood or the Ibo religion which believes that a stillborn child is an ogbanje which seeks to haunt the mother is irrelevant Both religions have tales that are completely unbelievable without faith Stories such as Adam and Eves exit from Eden Moses part of the Red Sea and the Resurrection of Jesus are as unbelievable as the Ibos Oracle or their Evil Forest Achebe p18 One religion is just as valid as the next This is the simplest way to challenge the justification used by the Europeans Many of the practices of the Ibo tribe were by modern day constraints ridiculous though each had its origins in a belief or necessity The farming styles of the Ibo were the least labor intensive that could sustain the Ibo people They lived happily on the yams cocoyams beans and cassava that they could produce within
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