How the Black Church Reformed American Christianity

How the Black Church Reformed American Christianity
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After centuries of slavery and racial persecution in U.S. history, a fascinating era emerged when the Bible was used to promote peace and equality rather than strife and subjugation. Justifications for the abominable institution of slavery, laden with Old Testament passages on servitude and aspirations of evangelism, withered under the pressure of a far superior power: Christ's demand for neighborly love. The Black Church served as a keystone in African Americans' lives, holding together communities fragmented by a tumultuous past. However, by centering its ministry around Jesus' "greatest Commandment," the Black Church also reformed the broader nation, relentlessly championing the doctrine of Imago Dei.
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