Courage to Hope From Black Suffering to Human Redemption

ISBN-10: 0807009539
ISBN-13: 9780807009536
Edition: 1999
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Description: A collaborative theology built on African-American religious experience and American spiritual life Judith Weisenfeld, Albert J. Raboteau, Charles Long, James H. Cone, and many other prized and esteemed voices collaborate to build a new  More...

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 11/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682

A collaborative theology built on African-American religious experience and American spiritual life Judith Weisenfeld, Albert J. Raboteau, Charles Long, James H. Cone, and many other prized and esteemed voices collaborate to build a new theology based on the African-American religious experience and America's religious landscape. Moving from studies of specific cases in African-American history and theology to discussions of how African-American experiences can and should inform all studies of American life, they uncover the spiritual human soul that unites us and transcends the accidents of the racial, economic, and social identities that keep us apart. The editors call this project a "testament of hope," and it is a powerful tribute to the late James M. Washington, whose intellectual projects, including Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayer by African-Americans, were an inspirational search for universality.

Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

Civil rights activist Vincent Harding was a friend and colleague of King and worked with Coretta Scott King to establish the King Center in Atlanta, serving as its first director. A distinguished theologian and historian, he is the award-winning author of several books and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Foreword
Introduction: The Intellectual Legacy of James Melvin Washington
History
"God's All in This Place": God and Historical Writing in the Postmodern Era
Passage and Prayer: The Origin of Religion in the Atlantic World
"The Blood of the Martyrs Is the Seed of Faith": Suffering in the Christianity of American Slaves
Providence and the Black Christian Consensus: A Historical Essay on the African American Religious Experience
Evil and Salvation
Waymaking and Dimensions of Responsibility: An African American Perspective on Slavation
"Calling the Oppressors to Account": Justice, Love, and Hope in Black Religion
Difference as Evil
The Politics of Conversion and the Civilization of Friday
Preaching and Scripture
Linking Texts with Contexts: The Biblical Sermon as Social Commentary
What Can We Say to These Things?: James Melvin Washington and Preaching in the African American Church Tradition
Preaching by Punctuation: Moving from Texts and Ideas to Sermons That Live with Passion
Have You Not Read What David Did?: A Sermon for Jim Washington
Church and Community
Strangers and the Homecoming: Church and Community in the Grammar of Faith
Seeming Silence and African American Culture: Interruption as a Metaphor of Transformation in the Religious Historiography of James Melvin Washington
"Some Folks Get Happy and Some Folks Don't": Diversity, Community, and African American Christian Spirituality
Letter to James: A Conversation on Archaeology and Soul
Benediction
Notes
Contributor's Notes
Index

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