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Asked whether the image of a white Jesus needed to be reviewed, the head of the Church of England said: “Yes of course it does."
JUNE 28, 2020 06:35
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. January 26, 2020
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The Anglican Church should reconsider its portrayal of Jesus as a white man, the archbishop of Canterbury has said.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's flagship Today program, Justin Welby, said that in light of the Black Lives Matter protests, the west needed to question whether the traditional portrayal of Jesus as a white man by Western churches was the correct approach to take.
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Asked whether the image of a white Jesus needed to be reviewed, the head of the Church of England said: “Yes of course it does, this sense that God was white… You go into churches [around the world] and you don’t see a white Jesus.
“You see a black Jesus, a Chinese Jesus, a Middle-Eastern Jesus – which is of course the most accurate – you see a Fijian Jesus.”
Welby continued: “Jesus is portrayed in as many ways as there are cultures, languages and understandings. And I don’t think that throwing out everything we’ve got in the past is the way to do it but I do think saying: ‘That’s not the Jesus who exists, that’s not who we worship.’ It is a reminder of the universality of the God who became fully human.”
Commenting on the Black Lives Matter campaign to remove statues to figures deemed controversial, Welby said that people should forgive the "trespasses" of those who were being commemorated, rather than remove statues, but added that the church would be reviewing the monuments it holds.
“Some names will have to change. I mean, the church, goodness me, you know, you just go around Canterbury Cathedral, there are monuments everywhere, or Westminster Abbey, and we’re looking at all that, and some will have to come down. But yes, there can be forgiveness, I hope and pray as we come together, but only if there’s justice.”