Dick’s high-brow view of Re­vival­ism

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & .COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: This is an open let­ter to the Rev Dr Devon Dick. I WOULD like you to ex­plain to me why ref­er­ences to Re­vival­ism, an hon­oured, true-blue as­pect of our African her­itage, is so of­fen­sive to your sen­si­bil­i­ties.

And why is a more whole ac­count of the lives and char­ac­ter of these coura­geous peo­ple amount­ing to the sidelin­ing of Chris­tian­ity?

Is that your sole in­ter­est here? To up­hold the sanc­tity of a faith that does not su­per­sede the be­liefs that Africans brought here and their de­scen­dants have con­tin­ued to so wor­ship gen­er­a­tions later? Is Chris­tian­ity the only faith that Ja­maicans are al­lowed to have?

Is it im­pos­si­ble for you to ap­pre­ci­ate that per­sons can be Chris­tian and Re­vival­ist? Chris­tian­ity was a colo­nially im­posed re­li­gion and it is eas­ily ap­pre­ci­ated that many would ap­pear Chris­tian pub­licly and pri­vately wor­ship as ei­ther Mus­lim or Re­vival­ist or any other faith. There is cen­sus re­search by Ed­ward Seaga and Barry Che­vannes that stated this ex­act point.

Since our his­tory con­tin­ues to be re­vised to ad­mit the per­sonal pre­rog­a­tives of our an­ces­tors, why are you in­tent on smoth­er­ing their truths be­cause you choose to be Chris­tian? A. DOU­GLAS dou­glas­april@gmail.com

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