The renaissance of African spiritualism and the contour of its visage

The Central Bank of Kenya rejects a currency as a counterfeit due to its notable differences – and not similarities – when compared to a genuine one. This means perceived similarities cannot be the reason for the acceptance of a suspect currency. You cannot say that because a suspect currency has many similar aspects to a genuine one, and few differences then it is genuine too. You do not have to waste your time looking at the similarities; instead, you go straight to the differences. And this is how chaps who claim that the Bible borrowed from other writings or rather plagiarised from Egyptian documents miss the point big time. 

By this reasoning, perceived similarities cannot solely be adequate to make one link the Bible’s origins to its contemporaries. 

It is therefore fair enough when one does not only look at the similarities, but also the differences. This will help in understanding how the parallels were drawn.

For example, the terms baptism, resurrection, and sacrifice have particular applications and unique weight within Christian reflection. Interestingly, these words are also used to express customs in other religions. Each word signifies a distinct meaning and importance within the setting of each system of belief. 

Consequently using these terms loosely in religion comparison can make a random observer easily confuse a correlation when, in reality, there is nil.

The surge in appeal to Ancient Egyptian/Kemetic spiritualism (and other African spiritualism) among fellow Africans majorly has to do with an identity problem. Kemetic Spiritualism does not only offer an alternative belief system but an identity system too. 

Therefore, most of the guys who lay a claim to these beliefs seldom conduct their research past Youtube and Afrocentric websites. And this already tells you the kind of conclusions they are likely to draw. In their sources, you cannot miss prominent Conscious Movement personalities such as Brother Polight, Dr Umar Johnson, and old-school figures like Dr Ben Johacanan. They provide them with regular nutrition of information intended at asserting Africanness, rejecting Western domination, and snapping the chains of Christianity. 

The already existing distrust for the ‘White Man’ (due to colonialism, the slave trade and perceived socio-economic tyranny) ignites affinity for non-‘White’ authors and sources. These siblings, who claim to have ‘found the truth’ are oftentimes sceptical of scholarly works that contradict their views and would allege that these works are disseminated by the ‘Whites’ with the purpose of miseducating Africans. This leaves a loophole for pseudo-scholarship, Jesus Mythicism and Conspiracy Theories to thrive. That is the reason you would find them trying pretty hard to dispute established historical facts like the existence of Jesus. Interestingly, you will hardly observe them do this objectively (by objectively I mean looking at the Evidence for the Existence of Jesus with the same vigour and verve they do when reading their pseudo-scholarship materials). 

Mostly, these new adherents to African Spiritualism (e.g. Kemetic religion) tell us they were once professing Christians. They argue that they found out who they are. And with a certain level of arrogance and attitude declares, “I have been there done that”. They strongly consider themselves enlightened beyond that mythical “White Jesus” stuff. 

I submit that it is rare to find a guy who claims to be a former Christian who was thoroughly immersed and versed in Christian doctrine and church history before their deconversion. 

Of course, there are several manifestations of this kind of spiritualism, but the most notable ones are the Hebrew Israelites, Moorish Scientists, Egyptian (Kemetic) spiritualists, and practitioners of African mysticism. 

Of all these groups, the Egyptian Spiritualists are the most likely to deny the Historical Jesus. One of their biggest claims they make is that all major religions came from Egypt (Kemet). They hastily associate the New Testament to the tales of Osirus, Isis, and Horus. And in doing this, they think they have convinced some of us (some of us are hard to convince without factual and logical argumentations). 

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