The Black Church in the African American Experience / Edition 1

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The Black Church in America has long been recognized as the most independent, stable and dominant institution in black communities. Based on a ten-year study, The Black Church In The African American Experience is the largest nongovernmental survey of urban and rural churches ever undertaken and the first major field study since the thirties.
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This is a comprehensive resource book developed from a ten-year field study that investigated the black church as it relates to the history of African Americans and to contemporary black culture. The information listed is a powerful and extremely useful tool in giving researchers an in-depth look into the church's relationships to politics, economics, women (attitudes of clergy as pastors), youth, music, civil rights, and trends for the next century. The study contains an extensive bibliography. Highly readable, well written, and researched, this book is a necessary purchase for scholars and specialists in the field. Unfortunately, the cost may limit its audience to them alone.-- Gayle Leach, Wayne State Univ., Detroit
An overview of the demographic characteristics of black children with an emphasis on changing family trends; a clarification of policy issues with regard to the impact of race and social class; an analysis of the relevance, applicability, and the effectiveness of social programs serving black children; and recommendations for policy making, research, and parent, family, and community action. Combines a comprehensive historical overview of seven mainline black denominations with an analysis of the black church as it relates to the history of African Americans and to contemporary black culture. Draws on interviews with some 1,800 black clergy in both urban and rural settings and reflects study over a ten-year period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822310730
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 519
  • Sales rank: 415,390
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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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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