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Dick's high-brow view of Revivalism

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM


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?