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Terror and triumph : the nature of Black religion

Author: Anthony B Pinn
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Fortress Press, ©2003.
Series: Edward Cadbury lectures, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Given the unique history of African Americans and their diverse religious traditions-seen in black Christianity, the Nation of Islam, Voodoo, and others-is there one fundamental meaning to black religion in America? What is the heart and soul of African American religious life? As a leader in both black religious studies and theology, Anthony Pinn has probed the dynamism and variety of African American religious  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony B Pinn
ISBN: 0800636015 9780800636012
OCLC Number: 50899280
Notes: Fuller Libraries notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-264) and index.
"Look, a Negro!" : how the new world African became an object of history -- Constructing terror. "How much for a young buck?" : slave auction and identity -- Rope neckties : lynching and identity -- Waging war. Houses of prayer in a hostile land : responses of Black religion to terror -- Covert practices : further responses of Black religion to terror -- "I'll make me a world" : Black religion as historical context -- Seeking triumph. Crawling backward : toward a theory of Black religion's center -- Finding the center : methodological issues considered.
Description: xiv, 274 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: "Look, a Negro!" : how the new world African became an object of history --
Constructing terror. "How much for a young buck?" : slave auction and identity --
Rope neckties : lynching and identity --
Waging war. Houses of prayer in a hostile land : responses of Black religion to terror --
Covert practices : further responses of Black religion to terror --
"I'll make me a world" : Black religion as historical context --
Seeking triumph. Crawling backward : toward a theory of Black religion's center --
Finding the center : methodological issues considered.
Series Title: Edward Cadbury lectures, 2002.
Responsibility: Anthony B. Pinn.
Local System Bib Number:
286633

Abstract:

Given the unique history of African Americans and their diverse religious traditions-seen in black Christianity, the Nation of Islam, Voodoo, and others-is there one fundamental meaning to black religion in America? What is the heart and soul of African American religious life? As a leader in both black religious studies and theology, Anthony Pinn has probed the dynamism and variety of African American religious expressions. In this work, which he also delivered as the Edward Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham, England, he searches out the basic structure of black religion, tracing the black religious spirit in its many historical manifestations. Pinn finds in the terrors of enslavement of black bodies and subsequent oppressions the primal experience to which the black religious impulse provides a perennial and cumulative response. Oppressions entailed the denial of personhood and creation of an object: the Negro. Slave auctions, punishments, and later, lynchings created an existential dread but also evoked a quest, a search, for complex subjectivity or authentic personhood that still fuels black religion today. Pinn's promising work offers a major new understanding of what it means to be black and religious in the United States.
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