people would define the movement of
Rastafari as a religious movement that
worships Haile Selassie as God or Christ .
Why? This definition is used as foundation
in many Christian answers to Rastafari.
In this essay I would like to share with you
my meditation about the message of the
well-known Christian Reggae band
Christafari, one of these
This could arguably be the first serious
study of the whole Christafari phenomena.
Itís not written in one or two hours.
Not even in one or two years! What you have
before you is the result of a very long,
intense and painful process. In a way, the
most painful part was actually to finish and
publish this paper. But the necessity
is bigger then the pain.
The pain is, that the results of my
research and analysis led me to take the
inevitable conclusion that Christafarianism
is a weak philosophy with strange fruits, as
it is based on many errors.
This is not nice to say about the
philosophy of someone whom I have nothing
against and whose faith I do not deny
The necessity is therefore self-evident.
I have been researching and analysing for
years. Sometimes observing from a distance.
And sometimes participating in discussions
with opponents as well as supporters of
We are talking about something very
controversial here; something of which
everyone involved in the relationship
between Christianity and Rastafari has an
The intention of this essay
is to provide an in-depth analysis of and
alternative view to ďChristafarianismĒ
as defined in the text. It is in no way to
be seen or used as an attempt to question
the faith of Christafariís founder Mark
Mohr or his person.
I hope that this essay will
enlighten those who have been influenced by
Christafarianism, causing them to condemn
the Rastafarian movement without having the
proper information to make that kind of
judgment, with some very tragic fruits as a
I've written it for
Christians, Rastafarians or not, who are
interested in the relationship of Rastafari
Iíve written it for
everybody else who is interested in
Christafari for any reason too.
Everything is written from a
biblically conscious point, so if you don't
like essays that study bible scriptures,
don't try to read it.