Friday, December 04, 2009

More Men Like Payne

Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne was a leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Church during the 19th century. I recently read this observation on Payne's approach to culture. For Payne,

Theology defined appropriate "Christian culture." Culture was not to shape theology. The Bishop opposed the preservation of folk tradition at the expense of biblical orthodoxy.
(Thabiti Anyabwile, The Decline of African-American Theology, 226)

On this score, we need more men like Payne, not just in African-American churches, but in all churches.

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