In the centre of Cambridge there are these missionaries preaching the Word of God and the love of Jesus.
It’s the yellow-shirted people and they are entirely brown.
They come from Kent but I can’t place them perhaps they’re Sri Lankan origin as I don’t know any other British Asian community with a large Christian community.
The thing is that I don’t see Christianity as having any real local colouring but simply as a phenomenon in Westernisation. Off-hand the only “indigenous” coloured Christianity I can think of are the Ethiopians and at a stretch the Armenians & Georgians otherwise I see Christianity as a very white man’s doctrine (apologise for the sentiment).
It’s interesting how the virtual world shapes the real world; the day after we post about “Shady Missionaries” in India I see a Tom of brown missionaries literally on my doorstep. Life imitates art.
The older a religion gets the more tied up to Empire and race it becomes. It’s conceivable that in a millennia the Bahá’í Faith is inexorably associated with the 19th-21st Anglospheric Hegemony (Abdul Baha was a Knight of the British Empire and the only country in the world we absolutely cannot teach the faith in is Israel) in the same way Christianity was with the Roman One.
I wouldn’t be surprised if future historians term the date of this period from Queen Vic’s accession in 1837 to The Donald’s election in 2016 as a period when the English speaking peoples really ruled the earth (with a few interruptions – 2 World Wars and a Cold War). Of course the Napoleonic War preceding this period and the Franco-Prussian war in the late 19th century (which shifted the diplomatic balance in Europe permanently) were major skew events.
I’m pretty ambivalent on Donald Trump but his blunt boisterous nature is upending a world order that his own people (the Anglo-Americans) have created. It’s all well and good in trying to capture the zeitgeist of a populist age but free trade and the movement of goods and services have predominantly benefitted American corporations in tying the world in its orbit.
Anglo-Saxon culture isn’t as refined as the continent (Opera, haute couture & cuisine are good barometers; the English are the best at plays but off-hand i cant think of a single decent English language opera) but it’s hugely successful dispersion (English literature/small and American silver screen) is a reflection of the capital advantages they accrue and the immense political power of their civilisation. Once The Donald tries to upend the entire system (NAFTA, trade agreements with China) in such a public and humiliating manner it spurs lesser powers to create alternative systems.
China’s embrace of Pakistan and Sri Lanka is a good example of where weak nation states are allying themselves to a dominant cross-civilisational power; China now has what Russia never did, which is direct land access to a warm-water Indian Ocean port (and straight to the oil routes bypassing the straits of Malacca).
The Rise and Rise of China won’t mean that the US won’t be the pre-eminent superpower for decades or centuries to come but it won’t be able to operate as a hegemon in the same manner. The US’s attempt to counterveil Iran & Pakistan will be balanced by China; as in Europe we could very well see the rise of Inner Asia if Modi abandons Iran. India as an outward naval power allied with the “Allies” (Israel and India being the only true democracies in the region supposedly) while the rest reaffirm their own ties to one another as despotic autocracies (Russia – China – Iran – Pak).
Idle speculation on my part..