Christianity And Yoruba Are Two Great Religions Essay

1035 Words Oct 8th, 2016 5 Pages
As we’ve seen so far this semester, there is no good way to categorize all religions and the same could be said for the way those religions spread. Christianity and Yoruba are two great religions to study, as the way they spread, much like the religions themselves, could not be more different. Christianity started within the Jewish community, as a rouge group who believed in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Eventually it formed into a new religion with the help of the Apostle Paul spreading the word. In 312 c.e., the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, shortly thereafter declaring it the official religion of the Roman Empire. This act gave the religion a sense of legitimacy, they went from suppressed, to suppressor. A core tenant in Christianity is to “spread the word” of God, to seek out peoples who’ve not hear the word of Jesus, teach them and attempt to convert them to the Christian way of thinking. Opportunist missionaries took the chance to spread the word to new lands and the message of salvation through the teachings of Jesus resonated far and wide. Prothero does not go into Yoruba’s origins, like he does Christianity, however he does mention that the religions spread is due, primarily, to slave trade (p 125, A Global Religion). Yoruba spread to the United States, South America and Caribbean on the tongues of millions of slaves. Whereas Christianity was deliberately spread by its followers, the many Orisha’s of Yoruba were spread out by force.…

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