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Ayann Hirsi Ali has become a Christian. Ali grew up Muslim, became an atheist, and has just recently given her life to Jesus. Ali is a scholar at the Hoover Institute. About her conversion to Christianity she has said atheism does not have the intellectual capabilities of fighting what she calls a civilizational war. You can read all about Ali’s Christian conversion from the Unherd podcast, linked in this Truth in Two.
When I think of Ali’s conversion to Christianity, I immediately think of the Ethiopian court official in Acts 8. The Bible says he had come to Jerusalem to worship at Pentecost. Here is an African gentile who is interested in a statement from the prophet Isaiah, “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter.” Inquiring of whom this statement was made, the apostle Philip “told him the good news about Jesus.”
Ali’s conversion and the Ethiopian’s conversion both remind me of another African Christian. Confronted by a hostile crowd proposing Christianity is a “white man’s religion,” the African student responded, “Christianity was in Africa before it was in Europe.” I have also included the Instagram reel of the African student’s statement in this Truth in Two.