‘Dread Jesus’ explores the black, dreadlocked Jesus taken from Christianity by the teachings of Rastafari. Is Rastafari simply a bizarre Christian cult, destined to fade if the Emperor Haile Selassie never reappears? Or could it become a vibrant two-thirds world reform movement, recalling Christianity to its original, non-oppressing gospel for all people? Rigorously researched, William David Spencer’s unique and compelling study – which includes exclusive interviews with major Rastafarian thinkers and close analysis of the lyrics of many reggae songs – will prove genuinely accessible to anyone who wishes to learn more about Rastafari and its significance for global Christianity.
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