I loved the main premise of your article and as a white person, I agree! Everyone — especially my black brothers and sister — deserve freedom to express themselves however they want, sloppy or kempt! However, as someone who studied the Bible the past 10 years, your facts were off a little about the canon. It was finalized in the 4th century at the Council of Nicea, and two of the main proponents of orthodoxy (heroes of mine) were African — Athanasius and Augustine. You often seen them painted as white, sadly, but they were both 100% African. Even the link you provided says this. ;)

My point is, Christianity is NOT the white man’s religion. That’s disgusting. The loudest voices today, however, paint a picture of Christian missionaries as these conniving, deceitful land snatchers, but that’s not the entire story. In fact, I would contend that the minority of Christian missionaries were this way (though there certainly were plenty), and that the majority wanted to care for the African people and introduce them to a universal God, not to the White Man’s Religion. My missiology professor always said that in order for Christianity to take hold in a country, first it must become indigenous, then spread from local to local. The heart of Christianity (as I understand it) is to enter into culture, not simply show up and tell existing cultures what to do.

Anyway, I could talk about this for a long time, and I’m happy to provide other resources for you if you’re interested in reading other historical perspectives! Thanks for sharing yours :)

Written by

Read 400+ posts of mine at ethanrenoe.com!

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store