Religion and Gullibility in Zimbabwe


Gullibility is not a unique phenomenon to religion. It appears in almost all social institutions including relationships, academia, finance, science, politics and war and justice especially criminal justice. However, religion has often proven to be a fertile ground for the expression of gullible behavior, both in the portrayal of gullibility in religious characters and the devotees’ unquestioning acceptance of any notion legitimated through an appeal to the supernatural (Greenspan, 2009:29). Zimbabwe has not been spared of religious gullibility and what baffles the mind is that when the law is expected to take its course, it is either silent or it is found wanting on matters involving religious gullibility. Ironically, in academic circles in Zimbabwe in particular, there has not been sufficient exploration of this subject. Therefore, it is in this context that we are calling for papers for publication in a special issue of ALTERNATION, to explore the theme of ‘Religion and Gullibility in Zimbabwe’, under the following sub-themes:

1. Religion, gullibility, and the Bible
2. Religion, gullibility, and wealth
3. Religion, gullibility, health and well-being
4. Religion, gullibility, and morality
5. Religion, gullibility, and marriage
6. Religion, gullibility, gender and sexuality
7. Religion, gullibility, ideologies, power, authority and schisms
8. Religion, gullibility, and eschatology
9. Religion, gullibility, conversion and related rituals
10. Religion, gullibility, and Science
11. Religion, gullibility, and the media
12. Religion, development, gullibility and the law
13. Religion and gullibility in literature and folktales
14. Religion, gullibility, and human rights, and religious freedom
15. Religion, gullibility, and employment seeking
16. Religion, rituals and, gullibility
17. Religion, gullibility, and women
18. Religion, gullibility, and politics
19. Any other topics relevant to the theme

Please submit the proposed titles of your articles, as well as a brief abstract of about 150 words, to Prof N.T. Taringa ( and Dr. David Bishau ( Please do so by Monday 14 May 2018. (Late submissions may be considered.)

We request the submission of full articles, for the review process, by 30 September 2018.