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Posted 04 May 2017 - 06:26 PM

So I have been reading up on how Africans brought to the United States were not Christians at first, but usually practice animism or Islam. Also I have read two schools of thought concerning black slaves and Christianity. One school was that the religion that white people worshiped was a religion that was forced upon the Africans who were enslaved because of the negative views that they had about Africa and the Africans themselves. In other words, they forcibly Christianize the African-American slaves.

Another school of thought was that the black-American slaves were only taught bits and pieces of what the Europeans thought would teach them to submit to the European slave holders. However, the ancestors of the slaves, came from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and religious ethnicities and views, so the religion that was not forced upon them for a large part became a "creolized" religion. On the other hand, there were some who felt that the Africans were subhuman and didn't have souls; there were others who did preach to the Africans who were enslaved because of the equalization of men's souls, African and European. In other words, Christianity was a religion where white American preachers had differing views of presenting the gospel to the Africans who were either brought here or were born here.

So, in short, were they forcibly Christianized African-(Americans) or were their conversions anything but forcible, but they were preached select Christian views as a means of controling and manipulting them? By the way, if the second school of thought was true, then how did the Africans become a Spirit-filled lot where the slaves saw Christianity in a different light than many whites?
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 04:32 PM

View PostDiamond369, on 04 May 2017 - 06:26 PM, said:

So I have been reading up on how Africans brought to the United States were not Christians at first, but usually practice animism or Islam. Also I have read two schools of thought concerning black slaves and Christianity. One school was that the religion that white people worshiped was a religion that was forced upon the Africans who were enslaved because of the negative views that they had about Africa and the Africans themselves. In other words, they forcibly Christianize the African-American slaves.

Another school of thought was that the black-American slaves were only taught bits and pieces of what the Europeans thought would teach them to submit to the European slave holders. However, the ancestors of the slaves, came from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and religious ethnicities and views, so the religion that was not forced upon them for a large part became a "creolized" religion. On the other hand, there were some who felt that the Africans were subhuman and didn't have souls; there were others who did preach to the Africans who were enslaved because of the equalization of men's souls, African and European. In other words, Christianity was a religion where white American preachers had differing views of presenting the gospel to the Africans who were either brought here or were born here.

So, in short, were they forcibly Christianized African-(Americans) or were their conversions anything but forcible, but they were preached select Christian views as a means of controling and manipulting them? By the way, if the second school of thought was true, then how did the Africans become a Spirit-filled lot where the slaves saw Christianity in a different light than many whites?


"So, in short, were they forcibly Christianized African-(Americans) or were their conversions anything but forcible, but they were preached select Christian views as a means of controling and manipulting them? By the way, if the second school of thought was true, then how did the Africans become a Spirit-filled lot where the slaves saw Christianity in a different light than many whites?"

There is only ONE way for anyone to become truly saved and that way is if God alone CHOOSES to save them (salvation is thru His mercy and grace only - not by our works -- extremely important point) -- and that's why His title is Savior, and ours isn't. It does not matter what verses anyone is given to read -- they first must be born again thru God's work - then the verses can find true root within them otherwise not.

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