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African-Caribbean Perspectives On Christian Identity: Emerging Challenges For Global Christianity

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This chapter is about African-Caribbean Christian identity. Identity enables communities and persons to tell others who they are and what they do from among themselves and from their own perspective. Jamaicans are a deeply religious people. Among the religious denominations are Church of God, Seventh Day Adventist, Pentecostal and Baptist. Rastafarianism is a unique identity index because it originated in Jamaica. In recent times, Caribbean Christian leaders have grappled with the issue of identity as the church continues to reflect on the missionary calling. Caribbean Christian identity constitutes inherent ways of thinking, worshipping, structuring and doing business that are more attuned to a past European missionary era. A keen reflection on the African-Caribbean theological landscape will show that theology as a discipline is struggling with the possibility of a paradigm shift of merely being relevant to that of identity and presence.

Keywords: African-Caribbean; Christian identity; Jamaican; Rastafarianism

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