The Spirituality Of African Peoples

The Spirituality Of African Peoples

by Peter J. Paris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800628543

ISBN-13: 9780800628543

Pub. Date: 11/01/1994

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

Preeminent black social ethicist Peter Paris sharpens the Afrocentric quest. He focuses on African "spirituality" - the religious and moral values embodied in African experience and pervading traditional African religious worldviews. From extensive comparative research and personal travel, Paris shows how such values were retained and modified in the diaspora, most…  See more details below

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Preeminent black social ethicist Peter Paris sharpens the Afrocentric quest. He focuses on African "spirituality" - the religious and moral values embodied in African experience and pervading traditional African religious worldviews. From extensive comparative research and personal travel, Paris shows how such values were retained and modified in the diaspora, most notably in African American religious and moral thought and practice. Traditional understandings of God, ancestral spirits, tribal community, family belonging, reciprocity, personal destiny and agency, he shows, have not only survived great cultural upheavals but remarkably even been enriched and enlivened. Paris's Pan-African focus, careful scholarship, and eye for ultimate values in varying cultural milieus combine here to model comparative cultural analysis and to clarify the cultural foundations of black ethical life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800628543
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Africa: Revolution in Understanding1
Moral Challenges to Scholarship1
African Challenges to Colonial Scholarship5
African American Challenges to Racist Scholarship11
African and African American Challenges to Social Ethics18
Ch. 2God: The Source and Ground of All Life27
African Understandings of God27
African American Theological Syncretism33
African and African American Moral Syncretism41
African and African American Survival Theologies44
Ch. 3Community: The Goal of the Moral Life51
African and African American Understandings of Ancestral Life51
African and African American Understandings of Leadership58
African and African American Understandings of Slavery61
African and African American Views of Pluralism and Unity68
Ch. 4Family: The Locus of Moral Development77
The African Family: Typical Features of Moral Significance77
The African American Family: Typical Features of Moral Significance89
Ch. 5Person: The Embodiment of Moral Virtue101
The African View of Personhood101
African Views of Personal Destiny105
Conflicting Views of Liberty and Authority114
African American Views of Personhood117
Ch. 6Ethics: African and African American Social Ethics129
The African Factor in the African American Experience129
Virtue Theory130
Some African and African American Moral Virtues136
The Christian Factor in African and African American Social Ethics156
Postscript161
Notes165
Index185

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