I think that it is pretty pointless to talk about 'Christianity' as if it were one thing, and it seems to me that what is called Christianity depends hugely on the social circumstances in which it occurs, so that, for instance, feudalism produces a form of Roman Catholicism in which dead 'saints' are seen as influencial gangsters with the ability to have a word with the godfather on behalf of their own gang. American Christianity, unlike most forms, is deeply permeated with racism and the notion of 'success', so that it differs almost totally from what we find in the New Testament. I was struck, watching a series of programmes on Sianel Pedwar Cymru about the American Civil War written by our people in our language, to discover just how deeply racist even the North was. Did you know, for instance, why so many 'black' people have 'Welsh' surnames? And no, it wasn't because many of us owned plantations - it was because very few chaplains from the Union Army were prepared to minister to ex-slave congregations, whereas our people always were, so that the liberated people took their temporary pastor's name. My own view is that a very early, revolutionary statement of early socialism somehow survived amongst different sorts of bosses who believed the exact opposite for all those hundreds of years - a rather remarkable evidence of human two-facedness!