March 17, 2008


The peculiar theology of black liberation (Spengler , 3/18/08, Asia Times)

Senator Barack Obama is not a Muslim, contrary to invidious rumors. But he belongs to a Christian church whose doctrine casts Jesus Christ as a "black messiah" and blacks as "the chosen people". At best, this is a radically different kind of Christianity than most Americans acknowledge; at worst it is an ethnocentric heresy.

What played out last week on America's television screens was a clash of two irreconcilable cultures, the posture of "black liberation theology" and the mainstream American understanding of Christianity. Obama, who presented himself as a unifying figure, now seems rather the living embodiment of the clash. [...]

Since Christianity taught the concept of divine election to the Gentiles, every recalcitrant tribe in Christendom has rebelled against Christian universalism, insisting that it is the "Chosen People" of God - French, English, Russian, Germans and even (through the peculiar doctrine of Mormonism) certain Americans. America remains the only really Christian country in the industrial world, precisely because it transcends ethnicity. One finds ethnocentricity only in odd corners of its religious life; one of these is African-American.'s an interesting possibility that this election could turn on one of the biggest issues of human history, Christian Universalism vs. tribalism. Not only is the former quintessentially American, and the latter secular and European, but the divide between the two explains why Senator Obama is so attractive to the Brights, blacks, and David Duke but repellent to Hispanics, Jews, etc..

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 17, 2008 7:54 AM

Spengler got this one right.

The theological blackguardry practiced by Effendi Obama's mentors is indeed deeple heretical. We know that Christ was the Savior of all men, Roman centurion and Jewish grandee as well as all those poor and downdrodden. Like a camel on its knees the rich man could enter the kingdom of heaven, but he could enter.

Really, this "Black Messiah" line is so very close the Houston Stewart Chamberlain's "Aryan Messiah" fantasy. Of course, Chamberlain taught that the Pyramids were build by "Aryans" as well.

We need to love our Black neighbors enough to tell them they are in serious error with this talk.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 17, 2008 4:34 PM