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Reverend Billy Gama to launch book

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Reverend Billy Gama will on Friday launch a book titled Secularisation in Malawi and Britain: A comparative Inquiry at Wamkulu Palace in Lilongwe.

The guest of honour during the launch will be the Education Minister.

Gama, who is a serving minister of the Church of Central African Presbyterian of the Blantyre Synod, says in the summary of the book that its purpose is to critically examine the applicability of manifestations and factors of secularization in Britain to Malawi.

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“In examining the manifestations and factors, the book had to examine the process of secularisation in Britain and its causal factors using theoretical frameworks and examine manifestations and causal factors of secularization in Malawi using field research work as major source supported by the theoretical frameworks of secularisation,” Gama says.

He further says the book is guided by the key research question: Are the manifestations and factors of secularisation in Britain applicable to Malawi?

“The question was supported by other follow-up questions, namely what were the factors that contributed to the rise of secularisation in Britain? To what extent does secularization in Britain affect that in Malawi? Does Malawi have unique factors that are specific or are the same factors at work that have contributed to the process of secularization in Britain?,” he says.

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Gama says the conceptual framework for the book was derived from the literature on secularization from different scholars.

There are several issues that book has tackled on the subject of secularisation.

And new knowledge that the book is proposing is that secularisation is manifested in Malawi through partial influence from Britain because of strong links between the two countries and the effects of modernisation.

The book has been produced by Kachere series and is part of a range of books on religion, culture and society from Malawi.

Gama makes a conclusion in the book that the church must know that it has a responsibility to work on theology that will bring back the good image of the church.

The author, who says he also has a passion for writing, has served different portfolios, nationally and internationally.

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