By Faith magazine, the magazine of the Presbyterian Church of America, interviewed Anthony Carter recently on the book Glory Road, that he edited. Here is a sample:
Is Reformed theology a harder sell in the black church than in the white church?
The difficulty is the entrenched tradition of church in the African-American community. I don’t know if people understand just how entrenched traditionalism is. To try to buck that system and introduce people to a more biblical understanding of Christianity, and then to label it “Reformed theology”—people are going to resist that. However, I think that this generation—the younger generation—is less resistant than the older one. One of the positive aspects of post-modernity, if we call it that, is that people are willing to question traditions. Within the African-American context that’s a good thing, because the traditionalism of the church, I think, has blinded people to the truth of the gospel. That’s not just true in African-American communities, that’s true across the board in America, that the traditionalism of the established mainline churches has blinded so many people to the truth of the gospel. This next generation, with its willingness to question the status quo, is more open to the true message of the gospel, not only proclaimed, but lived out.