How will its future resemble its past?
My friend Matthew Roberts forwards me an interesting message, and an interesting video. Here's the video:
And here's the message:
"Christianity does not exist in a vacuum. It absorbs and adopts indigenous traditions wherever it spreads. In Europe, during the latter part of the Roman Empire, a distinctly European form of Christianity took hold. Melding European paganism and Christianity, Europe gave birth to syncretized holidays like Christmas and Easter. Yet, there is no reason why Christianity should or must be European. Christianity, growing in non-Western areas, will adopt and absorb other, non-Western, traditions. As Philip Jenkins has pointed out, as Christianity spreads throughout the Third World, most of its adherents soon will not only be non-Western, but probably anti-Western...
"...Discarding unnecessary European baggage, Mexico gives birth to a new, non-Western variety of Christianity. As the narrator in part I of the documentary states, 'the white way is not the only way to salvation.' Here he gives us Christianity 'Mexican style,' as 'Christianity has never been just the white man’s religion.'"