Creative Exchange A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience

ISBN-10: 0800662555

ISBN-13: 9780800662554

Edition: 2008

Authors: Victor Anderson

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At least until recently, most African Americans would know what is meant by "the black church" or by "African American religion." But now, Victor Anderson argues, that tradition is undergoing radical change and harbors great ambiguities and unresolved dilemmas. Anderson's new book seeks to provide a pragmatic but principled way forward for African American religion and life. Anderson's work is two-sided: on one hand, he seeks to deconstruct an older, monolithic idea of African American religion as the stereotypical "black church" experience with one relationship to the larger cultural scene. If that picture was ever accurate, it was always partial, he argues. Constructively, Anderson argues that African American religion experience "is fundamentally understood as relational, processive, open, fluid, and irreducible." The tradition is actually an ongoing creative exchange that relates in many ways to its history, religious institutions, and faith communities. In that creative exchange, he argues, we find here and now instances or moments or events that actualize Martin Luther King's notion of the "beloved community." That image, and the flexibility and pragmatism it implies, best captures the legacy and future of African American religion.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 2/13/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Foreword
Introduction: From Human Experience To Creative Exchange: Benchmarks of a Pragmatic Theology of African American Religious Experience
Beyond Dichotomies: Toward a Relational Concept of Race in African American Religious Experience
We See Through A Glass Darkly: Slave Narrative Theology and the Opacity of African American Religious Thought
Faith On Earth: A Defense of Redemptive Suffering in African American Theology
The Smell of Life: A Pragmatic Theology of Religious Experience
Home and the Black Church: Centers of Value in a Pragmatic Theology of African American Religious Experience
Postscript
Endnotes
Index
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