Con preachers exploiting society’s obession with instant gratification

"Prophet" Victor Kanyari during an interview in the parking lot of a popular city mall on November 4, 2014. The government on Sunday said it is planning to start registering churches and mosques to stop them from being abused for either personal gain or to cause insecurity. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA |

What you need to know:

  • It is not difficult to recognise “McDonaldisation” spilling over to religion. Our busy urban life calls for fast-food and instant solutions. Through the week, we reach out to instant coffee and tea, and desire instant relief from headaches. On Sundays, we ask God to heal us instantly, and to enable us to become rich instantly too.
  • Religion bereft of reason is very dangerous. Emotionalism can make people victims of brainwashing. And the literal reading of the scriptures is at the root of radicalisation of religion, which serves as the backdrop for the recent rise of global terrorism

The subject of a recent investigative TV programme was the so-called Prophet Dr Victor Kanyari, whose alleged con activities in church have been the talk of the town in the past week.

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