ISBN 9789996045097
Pages 226
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2016
Publisher Mzuni Press, Malawi
Format Paperback

Polygamy in Northern Malawi

A Christian Reassessment

by Moses Mlenga

The early missionaries brought Christianity from the monogamous West to the polygamous societies of Africa. Were the missionaries right in demanding that converts dismiss all but one wife? Was this the demand of the Christian faith or of Western civilization? And were the converts right to dismiss their wives though they had married them according to the laws of the land? And who asked the children if they wanted their mothers to be dismissed and may or may not be married to another man? The book argues that while polygamy is an African reality, it is below Christian moral standards. However is stopping converted polygamous men and women from baptism best practice if we believe that sin can be forgiven for the one who repents? Can the shedding of responsibility for wives and children be made a precondition for such forgiveness?

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About the Author

Moses Mlenga

Moses Mlengais currently the Principal of Laws Campus, a Constituent College of the University of Livingstonia, owned by the CCAP, Synod of Livingstonia. He previously served as Training Secretary of the Student Christian Organization of Malawi (SCOM) and later pioneered the opening and management of Radio ABC in Mzuzu. He obtained his BA from African Bible College in Lilongwe, his MA from Africa International University, Nairobi (NEGST) and his PhD from MzuzuUniversity in Malawi.