Living out faith: black Christianity in Britain and transformative Christian education as a riposte to the historical negation of blackness

Anthony G. Reddie*

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Abstract

This essay is concerned with the critical needs of ordinary Black Christians in Britain and how their faith engages with the materiality of their Blackness. The central argument of this essay is that "Black Christianity in Britain" needs to engage with the processes of critical reflection and learning in order to ensure that this phenomenon is better attuned to the environmental milieu in which this collective faith is located. This work calls for the utilization of transformative Christian education in order to assist ordinary Black Christians to reflect critically on their faith as it pertains to the historical formulations of Western Missionary Christianity that has helped to shape the dimensions of anti-Blackness that is replete in this religious framework. This essay argues that there are deep-seated issues of self-esteem and identity that are still replete within Black Christianity in Britain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-362
Number of pages21
JournalBlack Theology
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • black Christianity in Britain
  • black liberation theology
  • Christian education
  • Identity
  • living out faith
  • self-esteem
  • transformative education

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