The power of religon can both guide a scoiety and destroy it. Discuss the ways in which Christanity, as promoted by the missionaries, does both. Examples from novel if possible. Thank you!
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The missionaries are a mixed blessing. They do destroy the integral nature of the Igbo culture. The destruction of an ancient culture is never a good thing. On the other hand they bring hope to the marginalized and oppressed members of the tribe. Characters like Okonkwo's son Nwoye, find refuge in the Christian Church. The Church does not share the structure and gender issues of the Igbo. Okonkwo was abusive towards his son because of perceived masculine issues. Later, Nwoye converts to Christianity, in part to escape his father. His betrayal embitters and outrages Okonkwo. .