Paganism and heathenism were two of the most common words
used by western colonialists and their Christian missionaries who accompanied them, when referring to the religious beliefs that
existed in Africa. This was because of their misunderstanding of the principles and the doctrines for which this religion stood. But at least now, they know and are aware that what they once mischievously labeled as paganism and heathenism were neither pagan nor heathen but a religion and spirituality, which had stimulated the growth of great cultures and civilizations in Africa.
Chiism (Godianism) has been the oldest spirituality of Africa. It is in the cradle of Chiism that the African people grew. Chiism will help the children of Africa to rejuvenate themselves in unity and solidarity.
Chiism does not look down upon or despise another religion nor does it use force or coercion to impose its belief on others. With its message of universal unity and its philosophy of ‘biri ka’m biri’ (live and let live), it serves as an eye opener to those who still peddle religion in the market place by means fair and/or foul to win the world for this ‘ism’ or that ‘ism’. Chiism on the other hand brings harmony and unity among the people of different religions in spite of their diversities. Humanity should sooner or later understand that harmony is the keynote of the universe. Equality in the universe throbs with a harmonious rhythm. Any disturbance of this rhythm will spell suffering and bring disorder and chaos.
Chiism is intent on bringing this needed harmony first among the peoples of Africa and subsequently offer it to the world as food for thought.
It will be a refreshing and exciting experience if a person can go to India and feel free to worship in the liturgical variety of either Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism; or to China or Japan and feel free to share the liturgical variety of Confucianism, Taoism or Shintoism; and the liturgical variety of Islam and Christianity in Mecca or Rome; while in Africa you experience the traditional coordinating concept of Chiism, without any prejudice or rancor. With precepts–rational, positive, constructive and objective as these, Chiism is a useful agency for unity promotion and the mobilization of the masses of humanity for harmonious civilization everywhere on earth. We call on all peace loving religions to preach these new lights from Chiism from their pulpits, so that a great new spiritual civilization would be established among the masses of humanity everywhere on earth.