A common objection to Christianity in the African American community is that Christianity should not be believed by black people because it is the “white man’s religion.” The following is a talk that I gave responding at length to that claim.


Hays, J. Daniel. From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity, 2003. Print.

Oden, Thomas C. How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2007. Print.

Copan, Paul. Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011. Print.

“Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population.” Pew Research Centers Religion Public Life Project RSS. 2011. Web. 12 Apr. 2016

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Bryant Parsons is a proud New Yorker. He is a Christian Union Ministry Fellow at Columbia University. Bryant holds an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary. His topics of interest are issues involving systematic theology, apologetics, and Christian engagement with culture. His desire is to see the church in the American context be well-informed, winsome advocates of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


  1. WHy aren’t blacks equally upset with Islam that also enslaved and mistreated them?


    1. Many do not know of the history of slavery in Islam. The truth needs to be told.


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