New Interpretations Of Religion As A Tool For Manipulation Essay

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New interpretations of religion also developed from the influence of African slaves. Due to their captors being largely Methodist many African slaves coverted to Christianity, however they assimulated many of their own beliefs into the religion putting an emphasis on Jesus being one who liberates (the context behind being the scripture where Jesus liberates the Hebrew people). "Cut off from their native African religions, most slaves became Christians but fused elements of African and Wesern traditions and drew their own conclusions from Scripture. White Christains might point to Christ 's teachings of humility and obeidiance to encourage slaves to "stay in their place," but black Christians emphasized God 's role in freeing the Hebrews from slavery and saw Jesus as the Messiah who would deliver them from bondage." (Doc 2). Despite their owners atempting to use religion as a tool for manipulation to try and repress the African people, they took religion and used it to empower themselves. Some of their adaptations to religion are believed still even today such as their take on heaven- they belived that in heaven a person would be reunited with their ancestors and this remains a belief of many modern day people. Finally, slavery had, of course large effects economically on the colonies. This was truly why slavery continued on for as long as it did (approximately 150 years)- because the slave owners were making such a profit off of the extortion of the Africans. The slaves…

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