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The Changing Face of ChristianityAfrica, the West, and the World$
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Lamin Sanneh and Joel A. Carpenter

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195177282.001.0001

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Religion Bridge: Translating Secular into Sacred Music:

Religion Bridge: Translating Secular into Sacred Music:

A Study of World Christianity Focusing on the U.S. Virgin Islands

(p.21) 1 Religion Bridge: Translating Secular into Sacred Music:
The Changing Face of Christianity

Patricia Harkins-Pierre

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines new Christian literary and musical styles arising in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern Caribbean more generally. The islands’ struggles with colonialism, slavery, freedom, migration, and dependency have provoked a gospel response in drama, music, and preaching. These new expressions depict Jesus as a person of color and the Christian as a radical soldier, a gospel music knight errant armed with Bible, drums, and guitar. A new Christian people’s idiom is emerging at a global crossroads.

Keywords:   Caribbean, Christianity, colonialism, drama, dependency, gospel music, slavery, U.S. Virgin Islands

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