The Black Mans’s Power

I won’t lie, I found this week’s reading just a little dry. In comparison to last week’s readings in Sernett, there was a lot of repetition and the same underlying idea in every chapter. That’s to be expected I guess, but reading three accounts of people telling slaves the exact same things: that they are sinners, must repent, and serve god in order to be free in heaven, wasn’t all that interesting.

However, one connection that I made early on was that it seemed that the black preachers were more successful in converting and christianizing slaves. This was later on confirmed in Catechesis and Conversion, and was especially noticeable during The Great Awakening. It seems pretty obvious that slaves were more likely to be converted by people that they shared at least basic commonality with, but it’s something I’ve never learned or heard about.


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