Briefly, some scholars have suggested that early African Christians were prey to European hegemonic influences presented by missionaries and colonialists who commandeered local languages and imposed a "pre-packaged" systematic Christianity complete with particular beliefs, practices, and structures, thus colonizing traditional religious identity.4 Others have criticized this interpretative approach toward missionary action and African reaction because it appears to ignore or belittle the agency of Africans. 6 Muteesa attempted to return his kingdom to traditional Ganda forms of worship, but modern ideas had taken hold and the stage was set for the political differences among the Ganda to assume different religious identities.7 During the reign of Muteesa's son, Mwanga, a series of civil wars began. In the mid-nineteenth century, the CMS general secretary, Henry Venn, famously articulated the society's aim as the establishment of a selfgoverning, self-propagating, and self-financing "Native African Church" and the eventual "euthanasia" of missions.8 This ideal was often honored in the breach, but it inspired members of the early Ugandan mission.
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