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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    A Helpful Study

    Lincoln and Mamiya provide a helpful and informative study of the Black Church in the African American experience. While the authors focused mostly on the Protestant strands of the Black Church, any future editions of the book might examine Black Catholics as well as the growing influence of Islam in Afro America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    The Indeterminate Nature of the Black Church: A Review of Lincoln and Mamiya¿s The Black Church in the African American Religious Experience

    As part of an independent study on the evolution of the ¿social¿ gospel in the 18th and 19th centuries, I decided to read Lincoln and Mamiya¿s The Black Church in the African American Experience. At the outset, Lincoln and Mamiya present a historical overview of each of the seven major black historical denominations by way of making references to several early assumptions of the black church. For example, Lincoln and Mamaiya write that some historians view the ¿black church¿ as a replication of white religion during the slavery era, and for this reason, the method of praise and worship is labeled as ¿superstitious, inauthentic, and nonviable.¿ For this reason, Lincoln and Mamiya¿s study focused on exposing the various traditions that helped develop and mature the black cosmology (worldview or perspective), namely African traditions, and the emigration to the Americas. Although Lincoln and Mamiya are unable to predict the ¿quantitative success¿ of the black church in relation to church attendance, youth programs, etc, the authors¿ ¿qualitative¿ socio-cultural study showed how daily ritualistic practice (i.e. prayer, glossolalia, etc.) has helped each adherent foster a sense of human consciousness and holistic mindfulness that shall help the ¿black church¿ redefine itself in the future.

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