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Kenya: Atheist leader resigns after coming to faith in Christ

July 2021 | by Evangelical Times

A leader of an atheist organisation in Kenya has resigned because he has come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Seth Mahiga had held the role of secretary in the Atheists In Kenya Society, but the group announced on Twitter that he was stepping down.

The organisation said, ‘Seth’s reason for resigning is that he has found Jesus Christ and is no longer interested in promoting atheism in Kenya.’

The group’s president, Harrison Mumia, said, ‘It’s a sad day for the Atheists In Kenya Society.’

In a video, newly-converted Mahiga is shown speaking to a congregation of believers saying, ‘I’ve been going through some difficulties in life and then I decided to resign as the secretary. So I’m very happy to be here.’

The pastor of his new church welcomed Mahiga as a ‘brother’ and asked the congregation to pray for ‘all those people who are in darkness and all the atheists who say there is no God’.

The group, Atheists In Kenya Society, has been controversial in a country that is more religious than the UK.

It struggled to be officially registered in the country because the Kenyan government was concerned it could upset the nation’s peace and welfare.

In 2018, the Society demanded that the government declare 17 February ‘Atheist Day’ to recognise the organisation’s registration with the Kenyan government.

They wanted ‘Atheist Day’ to consist of ‘Godless Parades in various Countries’ and an effort to ‘increase awareness about atheism in Kenya’.

The society believes that ‘human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or God’.

Another former atheist, Lee Strobel, converted to Christianity and wrote a book about it, called The Case For Christ.

Strobel, a former journalist at the Chicago Tribune, had initially tried to disprove the existence of Jesus Christ, but failed to do so and ended up becoming a Christian.

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