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More Biblical than Mel Gibson's The Passion

Thanks to Polycarp, I found out about a new movie about the life of Christ. What if he came as an African?

Check out the preview for Son of Man!

Vince Campell on the African roots of early Christian theology

Professor Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism, had a guest post on his blog today.  Vince Campbell, a PhD student at Catholic University in early church history, tells us the story of the Egyptian monk Father Shenoute, whose sermons and theological treatises represent early Christian theology done from an ancient Egyptian context.  One sermon, “Not because the Fox barks” implores Christians in Egypt to serve Christ bravely inspite of the persecution from the noblemen who would not allow them to celebrate Easter.

It is fascinating to study the development of early Christianity and God’s movement in Africa.  It is one of the reasons why my stomach turns when I hear certain Christians pine for wanting to go to Africa to convert the poor pagans and give them charity, as if Africa (if we can call it that), has not history of the Christian religion.  If only white conservative evangelical Christians (primarily of the American Protestant variety) would read more of Clement, Athanasius, and Origen, would their myths of “poor pagan Africa” be debunked.  It is a shame that the greatest defender of Nicene orthodoxy, Athanasius, an Egyptian, never gets his just due; rather we hear Calvin this, Arminius that, or Jonathan Edwards, and Mark Driscoll.  Right now, I am in the process of reading Athanasius’s On The Incarnation and it has been a joy so far.  A possible brief commentary from me to come.

Truth and Peace,

Rod