Originally posted by Fagunwa:
The trancendent is reality. It needs no appeal. What we all attempt is to have as real a connection with it as we can. For me that is Ifa. As you have read from me before, African Americans must choose for themselves what they will be and to hell with what I or anyone else thinks. I just have a vested interest in the outcome and I feel that african spiriuality is an area that has not been accurately or fully explored here. I also feel that African Spirituality has as much theological depth as any other culture, if not more, on the face of the earth. I just would like to see my family (AA's) check it out! If it's not for you OK. But I'm so tired of hearing about how I decended from ham I could burst asunder. hope I answered if not hit me back!
I am probably just as tired as you with the Ham/Canaan story or any other kind of simplistic, biblicistic, literalism. You know that I do not endow myth with the status of historicity.
I also understand encouraging AA's to pursue the study of African traditional religions if the Black Church does not do it for them. Not to disparage anyone, but it is fascinating, for example, that many AA's gravitate to traditions such as Hinduism or Buddhism before looking at African spirituality.
As for me, I have often spoken about my own love/hate relationship with the Black Church and hankerchief head, chicken wing eaten, jackleg preachers. And yet, I identify as a Christian (albeit one that brings to bare a critical hermeneutic) because I experience the transcendent, "ultimate reality" or "ground of being" in this context. This is also why I do not see myself becoming a humanist despite my advisors prodding to do so.
Thanks for the feedback.