The Black Church in the African American Experience / Edition 1by C. Eric Lincoln, Lawrence H. Mamiya
Pub. Date: 11/28/1990
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Black churches in America have long been recognized as the most independent, stable, and dominant institutions in black communities. In The Black Church in the African American Experience, based on a ten-year study, is the largest nongovernmental study of urban and rural churches ever undertaken and the first major field study on the subject since the 1930s/i>… See more details below
Black churches in America have long been recognized as the most independent, stable, and dominant institutions in black communities. In The Black Church in the African American Experience, based on a ten-year study, is the largest nongovernmental study of urban and rural churches ever undertaken and the first major field study on the subject since the 1930s.
Drawing on interviews with more than 1,800 black clergy in both urban and rural settings, combined with a comprehensive historical overview of seven mainline black denominations, C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya present an analysis of the Black Church as it relates to the history of African Americans and to contemporary black culture. In examining both the internal structure of the Church and the reactions of the Church to external, societal changes, the authors provide important insights into the Church’s relationship to politics, economics, women, youth, and music.
Among other topics, Lincoln and Mamiya discuss the attitude of the clergy toward women pastors, the reaction of the Church to the civil rights movement, the attempts of the Church to involve young people, the impact of the black consciousness movement and Black Liberation Theology and clergy, and trends that will define the Black Church well into the next century.
This study is complete with a comprehensive bibliography of literature on the black experience in religion. Funding for the ten-year survey was made possible by the Lilly Endowment and the Ford Foundation.
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Table of Contents
ContentsList of Tables,
1 The Religious Dimension: Toward a Sociology of Black Churches,
2 The Black Baptists: The First Black Churches in America,
3 The Black Methodists: The Institutionalization of Black Religious Independence,
4 The Black Pentecostals: The Spiritual Legacy with a Black Beginning,
5 In the Receding Shadow of the Plantation: A Profile of Rural Clergy and Churches in the Black Belt,
6 In the Streets of the Black Metropolis: A Profile of Black Urban Clergy and Churches,
7 The New Black Revolution: The Black Consciousness Movement and the Black Church,
8 Now Is the Time!" The Black Church, Politics, and Civil Rights Militancy,
9 The American Dream and the American Dilemma: The Black Church and Economics,
10 The Pulpit and the Pew: The Black Church and Women,
11 "In My Mother's House": The Black Church and Young People,
12 The Performed Word: Music and the Black Church,
13 The Black Church and the Twenty-First Century: Challenges to the Black Church,
Appendix: National Sample for the Black Church in the African American Experience,
Selected Bibliography: Sources Consulted,
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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.
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.