African American Religious Thought: An Anthology / Edition 1

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Believing that African American religious studies has reached a crossroads, Cornel West and Eddie Glaude seek, in this landmark anthology, to steer the discipline into the future. Arguing that the complexity of beliefs, choices, and actions of African Americans need not be reduced to expressions of black religion, West and Glaude call for more careful reflection on the complex relationships of African American religious studies to conceptions of class, gender, sexual orientation, race, empire, and other values that continue to challenge our democratic ideals.

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Arguing that African American religious studies are at a crossroads, Princeton professors West and Glaude have assembled essays by major authorities from the African American church and scholarly communities (e.g., W.E.B. Du Bois, Howard Thurman) to find out what the future holds. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664224592
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1080
  • Sales rank: 1,358,160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornel West

Cornel West is Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He is considered one of America's most provocative public individuals and has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his "ferocious moral vision."

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and Chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the 2002 Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Prize for his book Exodus!. His work also includes African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, coedited with Cornel West.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards New Visions and New Approaches in African American Religious Studies
Pt. 1 Prehistory of African American Religious Studies
1 Of the Faith of the Fathers 3
2 Origins of the Church 14
3 The Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death 29
Love 49
4 The Negro Church and Assimilation 62
Pt. 2 Theorizing African American Religion
5 American Africans in Conflict: Alienation in an Insecure Culture 77
6 Authority, Alienation, and Social Death 99
7 The Racial Factor in the Shaping of Religion in America 156
8 The Black Church: A Gender Perspective 187
9 The Central Themes of American Religious History: Pluralism, Puritanism, and the Encounter of Black and White 209
10 Assessment and New Departures for a Study of Black Religion in the United States of America 221
Pt. 3 Slavery and a Black Religious Imagination
11 Death of the Gods 239
12 The Christian Tradition 285
Black Conversion and White Sensibility 291
Religious Foundations of the Black Nation 301
13 Exodus 309
14 Of the Black Church and the Making of a Black Public 338
15 "Doers of the Word": Theorizing African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the Antebellum North 366
Pt. 4 Black Destiny and the End of the Nineteenth Century
16 "Ethiopia Shall Soon Stretch Forth Her Hands": Black Destiny in Nineteenth-Century America 397
17 The Making of a Church with the Soul of a Nation, 1880-1889 414
18 Negotiating and Transforming the Public Sphere: African American Political Life in the Transition from Slavery to Freedom 435
Pt. 5 The Interwar Period: Migration, Urbanization, and Black Religious Diversity
19 Racial Christianity 477
20 Religious Diversification during the Era of Advanced Industrial Capitalism 495
21 Chosen Peoples of the Metropolis: Black Muslims, Black Jews, and Others 534
22 Religious Ethos of the UNIA 550
23 Marcus Garvey, Father Divine, and the Gender Politics of Race Difference and Race Neutrality 572
24 Charles Manuel "Sweet Daddy" Grace 605
25 The Black Roots of Pentecostalism 616
26 "Together and in Harness": Women's Traditions in the Sanctified Church 629
27 Reverend George Washington Woodbey: Early Twentieth-Century California Black Socialist 651
Pt. 6 Black Religion and the 1960s
28 From The Luminous Darkness 679
29 Martin Luther King, Jr., and the African-American Social Gospel 696
30 The Religion of Black Power 715
31 Integrationism and Nationalism in African-American Intellectual History 746
Pt. 7 Black Theology and Its Critics
32 A Sense of Urgency 765
33 Black Spirituals: A Theological Interpretation 775
34 Slave Theology in the "Invisible Institution" 790
35 Black Theology and the Black Woman 831
36 Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology 849
James Cone: God, Champion of the Oppressed 854
37 Black Theology and Marxist Thought 874
38 Ontological Blackness in Theology 893
Pt. 8 African American Religion and Cultural Criticism
39 Jesse Jackson and the Symbolic Politics of Black Christendom 921
40 The Madonna of 115th Street Revisited: Vodou and Haitian Catholicism in the Age of Transnationalism 942
41 Rethinking Vernacular Culture: Black Religion and Race Records in the 1920s and 1930s 978
42 Homophobia and Heterosexism in the Black Church and Community 996
43 For Rent, "Cabin in the Sky": Race, Religion, and Representational Quagmires in American Film 1019
44 The Prophetic Tradition in Afro-America 1037
Permissions Acknowledgments 1051
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