The Spirituality of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral Discourse

The Spirituality of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral Discourse

by Peter J. Paris
     
 

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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… 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:
9781451415865
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,214,682
File size:
1 MB

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Lamin Sanneh
A valuable statement on the enduring traditions of Africa in the hostile setting of transplantation, suppression and discrimination and on their positive effects on black political and religious life. I welcome this book.

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