Loving The Body

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African American identity is inundated with nations of sex faith and race. Yet the black church in America has failed to deal with one of the most visible sites of spiritually in African American religiosity. Why has the sensuality and eroticism of the black body, so evident in black culture and African American life, remained a taboo topic? Loving the Body builds on this query by bringing together diverse approaches to sexuality and religion in order to address this subject. Authors subsume Christian discourse ...
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Overview

African American identity is inundated with nations of sex faith and race. Yet the black church in America has failed to deal with one of the most visible sites of spiritually in African American religiosity. Why has the sensuality and eroticism of the black body, so evident in black culture and African American life, remained a taboo topic? Loving the Body builds on this query by bringing together diverse approaches to sexuality and religion in order to address this subject. Authors subsume Christian discourse within the broader conversations in both sacred and profane manifestations of the contentions over what it means to construct the eroticism of black materiality.
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"Loving the Body arrives with miraculous timing. By moving embodiment, pleasure and sexuality to the center of the discussion of black religious studies, the authors call for a new, more inclusive sexual revolution accompanied by a new, and more progressive spiritual revolution. These insightful and courageous essays provide provocative new perspectives on one of the most significant and significantly troubled partnerships in African American culture: sexuality and the Black Church. The essays provide a valuable critical framework for scholars and mainstream readers grappling with innovative ways to unite the body and the spirit."—Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts and Women's Studies, Emory University
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Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, and teaches courses on African-American religion, history of black religious thought, and black theology. He is the author of several books, including Why Lord? Suffering and Evil in Black Theology and Varieties of African American Religious Experience.

Dwight N. Hopkins is editor, with Linda Thomas, of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice series and is the author of Down, Up & Over: Slave Religion and Black Theology and Heart and Head: Black Theology Past, Present, and Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). He is associate professor of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Sexing black women : liberation from the prisonhouse of anatomical authority 11
2 A space for faith, sexual desire, and ethical black ministerial practices 31
3 Constructing a doctrine for the Ecclesia Militans 53
4 The Bible, the body and a black sexual discourse of resistance 73
5 Vashti 91
6 The spirit is willing and the flesh is too : living whole and holy lives through integrating spirituality and sexuality 111
7 When and where I enter, then the whole race enters with me : que(e)rying Exodus 121
8 Toward a true black liberation theology : affirming homoeroticism, black gay Christians, and their love relationship 133
9 Embracing Nimrod's legacy : the erotic, the irreverence of fantasy, and the redemption of black theology 157
10 The construction of the black male body : eroticism and religion 179
11 The erotic in contemporary black women's writings 199
12 Salome's veiled dance and David's full monty : a womanist reading on the black erotic in blues, rap, R&B, and gospel blues 217
13 Black spirituals, physical sensuality, and sexuality : notes on a neglected field of inquiry 235
14 Loving our black bodies as God's luminously dark temples : the quest for black restoration 249
15 Desiring booty and killing the body : toward "negative" erotics 271
16 The black church and the curious body of the black homosexual 297
17 Teaching the body : sexuality and the black church 315
18 The black church and the politics of sexuality 347
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