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18 October 2016

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I would agree with Phil that there are a number of “non-believers in the belief system”.

(No doubt there have also been many kiaps who may have seriously disagreed with official government policy but at the same time soldiered on to achieve the best they could where they could.
However that comparison can only be stretched so far. )

There would be some missionaries who go through long periods of simply not believing in God. There would be some who perhaps lose belief and do not recover it.

And. as Phil notes, at times it would be their commitment to the people that provides the motivation to continue their work.

The irony of the situation may be that in some cases the people the missionary is trying to convert, may actually have a stronger belief in the reality of God (and the spirits) than the missionary himself has.

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