Religion Bridge: Translating Secular into Sacred Music:

Patricia Harkins-Pierre

in The Changing Face of Christianity

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177282
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835812 | DOI:
Religion Bridge: Translating Secular into Sacred Music:

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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

Chapter.  11059 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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