Saints in Exile: The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in African American Religion and Culture [NOOK Book]

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Saints in Exile studies, from an insider's perspective, the worship practices and social ethics of the African American family of Holiness, Pentecostal, and Apostolic churches known collectively as the Sanctified Church. Cheryl Sanders identifies the theme of exile, both as an idea and an experience, as the key to understanding the dialectical nature of African American religious and intellectual life, that W.E.B. Du Bois called "double-conscious." Sanders's saints in exile are a people who see themselves as "in ...
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Saints in Exile: The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in African American Religion and Culture

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Overview

Saints in Exile studies, from an insider's perspective, the worship practices and social ethics of the African American family of Holiness, Pentecostal, and Apostolic churches known collectively as the Sanctified Church. Cheryl Sanders identifies the theme of exile, both as an idea and an experience, as the key to understanding the dialectical nature of African American religious and intellectual life, that W.E.B. Du Bois called "double-conscious." Sanders's saints in exile are a people who see themselves as "in the world but not of it"; their marginalized status is both self-imposed and involuntary, a consequence of racism, sexism and other forms of elitism. When joined with the biblical tropes of homecoming and reconciliation, the concept of exile serves as a vital vantage point from which to identify, critique, and remedy the continued alienation of blacks, women, and the poor in the United States.

Sanders's interpretive approach clarifies many paradoxical features of black existence, especially the peculiar interplay of the sacred and the secular in African American song, speech, and dance. She particularly scrutinizes gospel music, a product of the Sanctified worship tradition that has had a significant influence on popular culture. Saints in Exile goes further than any previous study in illuminating the African American experience; it will be welcomed by scholars and students of American religion, African American studies, and American History.

"A valuable piece of work that will fill a void in current scholarship on black church culture. Her 'insider' perspective pays off in insights often missing in black theology."--Robert Franklin, Candler School ofTheology

"A major contribution to an area of African-American religious studies where there is a great void in the literature....This is definitely very good and very important."--Cheryl T. Gilkes, Colby College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198025887
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Religion in America Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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About the Author: Cheryl J. Sanders is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity, and Associate Pastor for Leadership Development at the Third Street Church of God in Washington D.C.. Dr. Sanders is the editor of Living the Intersection (1995).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: "In the World, but Not of It," 3
1 The Sanctified Churches and Christian Reform: Confronting the Barriers of Race, Sex, and Class 17
2 Refuge and Reconciliation in a Holiness Congregation 35
3 "In the Beauty of Holiness": Ethics and Aesthetics in the Worship of the Saints 49
4 Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Gospel Music and Popular Culture in the United States 71
5 Resistance, Rebellion, and Reform: The Collegiate Gospel Choir and the Black Clergy Caucus 91
6 Black Intellectuals and Storefront Religion in the Age of Black Consciousness 106
7 The Church in Exile: Vital Signs outside the Mainstream 123
Conclusion: Exile and Homecoming 143
Notes 152
Index 171
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