Cut Loose Your Stammering Tongue / Edition 2

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Drawing on slave narratives found in forty-one volumes of interviews and one hundred autobiographies by former slaves, these contributors explore how enslaved African Americans received the often oppressive faith of their masters but transformed it into a gospel of liberation. This classic work demonstrates how an authentic black theology of liberation today must listen to the divine spirit that once fed and continues to feed the black religious experience. This second edition includes three additional provocative essays.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This study relies chiefly on the 41 volumes of George P. Rawick's The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Greenwood, 1972), and a collection of interviews with ex-slaves conducted from 1936 to 1938, supplemented by some states' collections and a few other sources. The five essayists analyze the contributions of African American slaves to the Christian faith, their combination of African religion and Christianity, and the gospel of liberation which arose from their experience. This analysis of the slave narratives is carefully nuanced (e.g., while some ex-slaves speak of slavery in positive terms, they do not claim that Christianity supported slavery). This challenging book should be read by people of all races.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664225216
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Dwight N. Hopkins is Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois. He has written several books, including Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion and Heart and Head: Black Theology—Past, Present, and Future.

George C. L. Cummings is Pearl Rawlings Hamilton Professor of Systematic Theology at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California. He is also Senior Pastor of Imani Community Church in Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

1 Slave Theology in the "Invisible Institution" 1
2 The Slave Narratives as a Source of Black Theological Discourse: The Spirit and Eschatology 33
3 "Coming through 'Ligion'": Metaphor in Non-Christian and Christian Experiences with the Spirit(s) in African American Slave Narratives 47
4 Liberation Ethics in the Ex-Slave Interviews 73
5 Slave Narratives, Black Theology of Liberation (USA), and the Future 97
6 By Perseverance and Unwearied Industry 107
7 Godforsakenness in African American Spirituals 131
8 "Wading through Many Sorrows": Toward a Theology of Suffering in Womanist Perspective 157
Notes 173
Contributors 199
Index 201
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