What Oxford and Cambridge Owe to Africa

No secular or Christian teacher, preacher or writer ever told me that the great universities of Oxford and Cambridge began as Augustinian monasteries. That is why a chapel is the most important building in every Oxbridge college. Earlier, students and staff gathered in these chapels five-times-a-day to worship, pray and hear God’s word. Most of these colleges still conduct worship services twice a day.

St. Augustine’s (AD 354 – 430) curriculum educated all of Europe for a thousand years. He was a bishop in Africa, in the ancient city of Hippo, which is modern Annaba in Algeria. The core of his educational curriculum was the Bible. However, one cannot read the Bible without knowing language, grammar and logic. One cannot understand it without a knowledge of history, anthropology, agriculture, economics, sociology, science etc. . . Therefore, St. Augustine’s curriculum offered a broad spectrum of knowledge to help students gain the knowledge that is the key to the eternal/abundant life. For example, St. Augustine wrote six books on Music . . . that made the West a musical civilization. The sixth book is a biblical philosophy of music that uses music to explain life’s meaning and purpose.

St. Augustine’s Bible-based curriculum, improved and corrupted over the centuries, made the West a uniquely thinking civilization. It cultivated the western mind and applied thought to everything.

It was only in 2018, when my friend Peter Randewijk researched the history of tolerance for “This Book Changed Everything: The Bible’s Amazing Impact On Our World,” that I learned that it was African theologians who taught Tolerance to a brutal Graeco-Roman world. Until Martin Luther (1483-1546), an Augustinian monk began confronting Europe’s intolerance, every European who wrote about ‘Tolerance’ quoted African theologians. Now, Postmodern universities are corrupting the African mind. A new education revolution is needed to make Africa a light to the world. On April 23, 2021 some of us will gather in Eldoret, Kenya to help initiate a new education revolution. The following program is being considered: April 23-24, 2021: About 2,000 pastors and others are invited by Calvary Chapel, Eldoret, Kenya for a conference “Love the Bible and Change Africa.” Contact: Pastor Josh Lawrence: lawrencejosh95@yahoo.com

April 26-29: A smaller group of Christian scholars will stay on in Eldoret to forge a Pan-Africa Scholars’ Network to partner with scholars from around the world to create a new knowledge ecosystem that creates online curricula, textbooks, research papers, books, encyclopedia, podcasts, documentaries, works of art and films. The first research and writing project this network will sponsor is a book on the Bible’s role in Africa’s history and future and some documentaries on why the Bible must forge Africa’s soul in the 21st century. Contact: Prof. Vincent Anigbogu: vanigbogu@gmail.com or Hans-Joachim Hahn: info@hans-joachim-hahn.de April 30 – May 2: The international team will travel to speak in Nairobi and perhaps a few cities in Kenya. Contact: Liz Wanjiku Gotanga: wanjiku.liz@gmail.com

May 3-6, the international team, including some Africans will take a retreat to organize the Kingdom Education Hub. Contact: Andreas Wieland: andreas.wieland@truthandtransformation.org May 7 – ? Some of the international visitors will be available to travel to other countries in Africa, sowing the seeds of the education revolution. Contact: Bruce Friesen: bruce@childrenarise.org Financial contributions for this mission can be made at www.RevelationMovement.com

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David Marshall

Dr. David Marshall is an educator who has taught in America, China, Japan and Taiwan. He has lectured in many countries, and often writes at The Stream.David Marshall returned to Seattle from teaching Chinese students how to do research in January 2020, and was then stranded by Covid.After riots broke out in late spring, he wrote an ebook entitled “Letter to a ‘Racist’ Nation, explaining the Woke movement from the perspectives of culture, education, and religious history, with added background supplied by his 40-year police veteran older brother, Steve Marshall.

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Vishal Mangalwadi

Prof. Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi studied philosophy in Indian universities, Hindu Ashrams and L’abri Fellowship in Switzerland. Along with his wife, Ruth, he founded a community to serve the rural poor in central India and organized lower castes as a political force. Several of Vishal’s 21 books have been translated into 16 languages. Six of them have been taught at university level. William Carey International University honored him as a Legum Doctor. From 2014-16, he served as an Honorary Professor of Applied Theology at the Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences in Allahabad (UP) India. Vishal and Ruth have two daughters and six grandchildren.