Malcolm And The Cross

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Despite his association with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X had an intimate relation with Christianity and Christians, which influenced his personal life and spirituality as well as his career. Lou Decaro's Malcolm and the Cross thoroughly explores the relation between Malcolm, the Nation of Islam, and Christianity. After revealing the religious roots of the Nation of Islam in relation to Christianity, DeCaro examines Malcolm's development and contributions as an activist, journalist, orator, and revolutionist ...

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Overview

Despite his association with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X had an intimate relation with Christianity and Christians, which influenced his personal life and spirituality as well as his career. Lou Decaro's Malcolm and the Cross thoroughly explores the relation between Malcolm, the Nation of Islam, and Christianity. After revealing the religious roots of the Nation of Islam in relation to Christianity, DeCaro examines Malcolm's development and contributions as an activist, journalist, orator, and revolutionist against the backdrop of his familial religious heritage. In the process, DeCaro achieves nothing less than a radical rethinking of the way we understand Malcolm X, depicting him as a religious revolutionist whose analysis of Christianity is indispensable--particularly in an era when cultic Islam, Christianity, and traditional Islam continue to represent key factors in any discussion about racism in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Splendid, masterful."

-Choice,

"Insightful."

-Publishers Weekly,

"A fine appreciation of Malcolm X's life and work that not only shows him as a religious revolutionary but clarifies his contribution in affirming the religious community in its 'glorious diversity.'"

-Library Journal,

Library Journal
In this study, DeCaro presents a "fine appreciation of Malcolm X's life and work that not only shows him as a religious revolutionary but clarifies his contribution in affirming the religious community in its glorious diversity." (LJ 8/98)
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Examines the religious roots of the Nation of Islam in relation to Christianity and traces Malcolm X's development and contributions as an activist, journalist, orator, and revolutionist against the backdrop of his familial religious heritage. The author argues for the necessity of seeing Malcolm X as a religious revolutionist whose analysis of Christianity is indispensable in an era when cultic Islam, Christianity, and traditional Islam represent key factors in any discussion about racism in the U.S. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814718605
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LOUIS A. DECARO, Jr., is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and New York University and author of On the Side of My People: A Religious Life of Malcolm X (also available from NYU Press).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Nation of Islam and Christianity 1
I Fires Which Burnt Brightly: The Nation of Islam in a Christian World 9
1 A Rumor from the East: The Fard Muhammad Movement and the Problem of the Bible 11
2 Reincarnating the Savior: Elijah Muhammad and the Deification of W.D. Fard 22
3 The Advent of Elijah: The Birth of the Temple People Movement 32
4 Among the Living and the Dead: The Gospel According to Elijah Muhammad 43
II X and the Cross: Malcolm, the Nation of Islam, and Christianity 59
5 Faith of Our Fathers - and Our Mothers: The Little Family, Marcus Garvey, and Christianity 61
6 "If a Man Die, Shall He Live Again?" Malcolm X as a Fundamentalist Zealot 82
7 Jesus ReduX: Malcolm and the Religious Jingoism of the Nation of Islam 104
8 This Bitter Earth: Black Muslims in a Christian World 121
9 "We're Living at the End of the World": The Second Coming of Earl Little 134
10 A Double Portion of Fire: Malcolm X in the Wilderness of North America 158
11 Malcolm, Martin, and Billy 178
12 "Haunted by the Souls of Black Millions": Christianity, Islam, and Malcolm X 197
Epilogue: Interview with a Christian Minister 213
Author's Postscript 215
App. A An Open Letter to Elijah Muhammad from Malcolm X, June 23, 1964 221
App. B A Partial Transcript of a Sermon by Malcolm X at Elder Solomon Lightfoot Michaux's New York Church of God, June 16, 1961 223
Notes 237
Index 265
About the Author 270
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