Although it probably wasn’t intentional, Matthew Yglesias had a telling tweet today about the selection of the next Pope:
“Catholics can rebrand with Hispanic Pope who makes random Tupac references.”
Yglesias was referencing (the non-mestizo) Catholic Marco Rubio who often and randomly quotes the gangster-rapper Saint Tupac de Harlem. (Reminds me of Idiocracy.) What Yglesias may or may not know, is how tribal identity is one of the most salient features of religion. Although European Christianity stressed abstract theology, hunter-gatherer religion has been theology-free, instead emphasizing tribal solidarity, frenetic dance, trances, healing, etc. Third World Christianity resembles more the latter.
As Christianity is quickly becoming a non-Western religion, one can soon expect a non-Western Pope, probably African or Mestizo. Talking heads, especially conservatives, are already lobbying for some African witch doctor named Kodwo Appiah. What many of these pundits fail to realize is how the terms “liberal” and “conservative” are almost meaningless when discussing Western vs. Non-Western religion. HBD trumps ideology. African Pentecostalism and African Catholicism have more in common with each other than either does with Western Christianity. Conservative Western Anglicans, who put their hope in conservative African Christianity, were a little taken back recently when a conservative African Anglican bishop called for “a war against the white man.” While African or Mestizo Christians might be “pro-life” or “against gay marriage,” they most certainly harbor resentment against Westerners / whites, favor redistribution of wealth from the West to the Third World, want massive amounts of foreign aid or naive adoptive parents to feed the children are incapable of caring for, and want to flood the West with Third World immigration.
Christianity is a mess, especially in the West, which has taken on many of the worst aspects of political correctness and seems to be inundated with pathological altruism. (I recently heard some religious talking head telling white people not to have white children but rather to adopt black children.)
What do you think? Two polls: