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The African spiritual ancestry of Latin (Western) Christianity – Angelus News

Indeed, since much of Latin Christianity was intellectually and culturally shaped from the strategic North African provinces of the Roman empire in Carthage and Alexandria. Perhaps, time has come for the “un-whitening” of the relevant characters that shaped early Latin Christianity. African Christianity must take the lead by re-viewing its complex identity beginning from an acknowledgement of the African spiritual ancestry.

Western Christianity is fundamentally African, in the way that Eastern Christianity is fundamentally Greek.

Most Eastern churches — whether they worship in Romanian, Bulgarian, or Old Slavonic — recognize that their ritual and devotional forms largely come from fourth-century Constantinople, where the liturgy was rendered in Greek.

Western churches will acknowledge that their own roots are Latin, but few of us in those Western congregations know that our Latin roots are African.

Read the full article titled, If you’re a Western Christian, your spiritual ancestry is African | Angelus News

Mike Aquilina is the author of many books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. His works have been translated into many languages. He has hosted eleven television series and several documentary films and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio.

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