“This is a rare book in Africana studies. Its writers nicely demonstrate how African peoples sought both liberation and salvation through the development of new aesthetic and artistic forms that rendered black bodies beautiful in spite of the countless brutal attacks perpetrated on them. Undoubtedly, this book will spark many additional studies along similar lines.”--Peter J. Paris, Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Pinn has once again challenged us to expand our understanding of the complexity of Black Religion. In these wide-ranging essays, we find a ground-breaking exploration of its aesthetic qualities, qualities that play an integral role in the power of Black Religion in the lives of individuals, and in its political and cultural impact...These essays invite scholars of religion to expand our frame of reference, just as they expose students to the complexity of religious life. This is a generative text, one likely to spark creative dialogue about religion across disciplines, as well as evoking new attention among scholars to the aesthetic dimensions of black religious thought and life. It is both timely and likely to have long-lasting impact." Sharon D. Welch, Provost and Professor of Theology, Meadville Lombard Theological School.