Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the most senior bishop in the Church of England, said Friday that western churches should rethink depicting Jesus Christ as a White man in light of the global debate regarding racism and supremacy.
During an interview with BBC Radio 4’s “Today,” Mr. Welby was asked whether the Church needed to reimagine Jesus’ whiteness.
“Yes, of course it does,” he responded, the Evening Standard reported. “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,” he reportedly said. “Jesus is portrayed in as many ways as there are cultures, languages and understandings.”
Mr. Welby also said the Church would be carefully reviewing all statues and monuments at major places of worship to determine “if they all should be there.”
“Some will have to come down, some names will have to change,” he said, the BBC reported.
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