What does it mean to have an African-centered worldview? For those who understand themselves as descendants of African ancestors, it means looking at history and the world through our own eyes, those of our own and those of our ancestors who preceded us. We must imagine the world as they did, and think about things from their perspective, as we are the direct beneficiaries of all they did and became.
Bishop Turner notes that it would be better to be an atheist or pantheist than to worship a personal God who looks nothing like the persons worshiping him.
It’s this sentiment that eventually gave rise to the modern cliché “My God doesn’t have a color.” It wasn’t some scientific rationalism or Neo-Platonism. It was simply developed as a way to dance around what this God might look like.