This book is a study in cross-cultural encounter between Africa and the West in the context of Western Christian Missionary enterprise in Africa. This encounter has for a long time been analysed and evaluated largely in theological terms. The present work attempts an alternative analysis, a sociological evaluation. It examines the socioeconomic and political context of the encounter which produced a dominant-dependent relationship between the West and Africa.
The study argues that the reaction of calling for the withdrawal of the missionaries by the dominated and deprived Africans was partly a consequence of their material condition compared with that of the West.