Courage to Hope: From Black Suffering to Human Redemption

Courage to Hope: From Black Suffering to Human Redemption

by Quinton H. Dixie, Cornel West, James Melvin Washington
     
 

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In this unique collaboration, the most prized and esteemed scholars in theology, religious history, and sociology offer a new understanding of American spiritual life by placing African-American religious experience at its center. Moving from specific cases in African-American history and theology to discussions of how African-American experiences can and should

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In this unique collaboration, the most prized and esteemed scholars in theology, religious history, and sociology offer a new understanding of American spiritual life by placing African-American religious experience at its center. Moving from specific cases in African-American history and theology to discussions of how African-American experiences can and should inform all studies of American life, they uncover the spiritual human soul that unites all of us. The editors call this project a "testament of hope," and it is a powerful tribute to the late James M. Washington, whose works were an inspirational search for universality.

Contributors include James H. Cone, David D. Daniels III, Walter E. Fluker, Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, E. Lee Hancock, Dale T. Irvin, Carolyn Ann Knight, Charles H. Long, Sandy Dwayne Martin, Genna Rae McNeil, Richard Newman, Albert J. Raboteau, Gary V. Simpson, Mark V.C. Taylor, Judith Weisenfeld, and Lucas Wilson.

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Library Journal
This book of essays, collected in honor of the late black church historian James Melvin Washington, is held together by the theme of black suffering and prospects for the future. Contributors--religious studies scholars and Washington's former colleagues at Union Theological Seminary--offer insight and the hope that the poor can be empowered "to fight the monster." "Why did God permit millions of blacks to be stolen from Africa...and enslaved in a strange land?," theologian James Cone writes. "No black person has been able to escape the existential agony of that question." Two essays--Judith Weisenfeld's decidedly secular piece "Difference as Evil" and Walter Flurer's analysis of the role spirituality can play in overcoming African American nihilism--stand out. Edited by renowned Harvard theologian West and up-and-coming religious scholar Dixie, this book is "theology [that's] worth the paper that it is printed on." Recommended for large public, seminary, and academic libraries, especially those with special collections in black studies and theology.--Steve Young, Montclair State Univ., NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780807009536
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
385,810
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

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