African-American Spirituals

“Spirituals are, of course, the songs that the enslaved crafted to tell the story of their experience. But more than that, to tell the story of their faith and the understanding of who they were in relationship to God, and who God was in relationship to them, and it became a story of freedom,” says Rev. Kelly Brown Douglass, Canon Theologian at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. More →

CHR Comment: The occasion of the article was a concert that presented spirituals. The article includes a video.

Source: African-American Spirituals | November 4, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

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Jesus Went to Hell

This article describes some aspects of Christian belief about Christ’s descent into hell, which is of course in creeds widely recited in Christian worship. An aspect missing in the article is that although some Christians teach that Jesus descended into hell to suffer, others teach that Jesus descended into hell triumphantly to proclaim His victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil.

1 Peter 3:18-20

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison . . .

Jesus Went to Hell, But Nobody Wants to Talk About It | Religion Dispatches.