The Desert Fathers: A Beacon for Evangelism

Desert Fathers Dispatch

In his autobiography, Malcolm X stated that the Desert Fathers were the founders of Christian Church structure (1).  He also briefly mentioned St. Augustine as a defender of Church doctrine against heresy (2).  While Malcolm said these things specifically in is critique of white racism in Christianity, he does make an incidental point that should not be overlooked.  It ought to be a topic to help the Orthodox Church evangelize to African-Americans and develop a more multi-cultural identity in this nation.  Many of the most heralded saints of early Christianity were Africans.

At the time I read this, I took Malcolm’s words for granted.  I was planning to become a pastor in a black Baptist Church and figured that I shared the same skin color with these ancient Christians was all the connection I needed with them.  I identified St. Augustine with the Roman Catholic Church and didn’t think that…

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