Nathan's Arguments Against Baptism

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Nathan’s tendency to communicate in a monological way is a main reason for his futile missionary efforts in the Congo. His insensitivity towards the villager’s logical reasons against baptism is revealed by his reaction upon learning that a little girl was eaten by a crocodile: “I fail to understand,’ he said, “why it would take six months for someone to inform me of that simple fact” (81). Nathan was unaware of the villager’s main reason against baptism because he does not bother to learn their viewpoint on the matter. However, Nathan does not learn from this mistake but rather, maintains his ignorant attitude of the Congolese perspective, resulting in another severe miscommunication. Adah explains: “Batiza pronounced with the tongue curled

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