GOING TO CANAAN

Biblical Identification in Kenya Political Discourse

  • Giuseppe Caramazza Tangaza University College, Nairobi
Keywords: Biblical Images, Kenya, Political Expediency, Religious Identity, Religious Leader, Social Transformation

Abstract

During the latest political campaign in Kenya, both political blocks used religious metaphors to explain their aims and attract political support. Legislators know that they cannot do without religious support. They also make conscious decisions to use religious themes to their advantage. Politicians readily identify with biblical characters and event, knowing that these have a strong appeal on people. Religious leaders should clarify their position. They are not called to support one or the other side, but they can intervene and explain the real meaning of biblical images and the hazard in using sacred iconology out of context. Moreover, they could take the initiative and support political choices that move away from political gains and focus the nation on the choices needed for real development and a social transformation that interests all the citizens.

Author Biography

Giuseppe Caramazza, Tangaza University College, Nairobi

Dr Giuseppe Caramazza, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Tangaza University College, Nairobi, is an Italian Comboni Missionary, in Kenya since 1992. His specialisation and research interests are in the field of Religious Studies.

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Published
2018-06-30
How to Cite
Caramazza, G. (2018). GOING TO CANAAN. Journal of Dharma, 43(2), 237-250. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/jd/article/view/280