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Dogged Strength Within The Veil : Africana Spirituality and the Mysterious Love of God - Young Josiah

Dogged Strength Within The Veil

Africana Spirituality and the Mysterious Love of God

Paperback Published: 1st July 2003
ISBN: 9781563383465

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Using the writings of W.E.B. DuBois, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and others, Young seeks insights from the African American experience to break through the oppressiveness of a Christianity corrupted by white notions of power, suggesting a return to the gospel. He cites personal experiences from two study trips to Africa and the writings of Africans to uncover parallels in that continent s spiritual traditions to a Christianity based on the mysterious love of God. In particular, he sees true interpretations of the Gospel in the work of African Christians like Engelbert Mveng, a Jesuit who was murdered in his native Cameroon for advocating human rights, but whose writings invested Christian symbols with their original energy. Josiah Ulysses Young III is Professor of Systematic Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and is the author of No Difference in the Fare: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Racism, A Pan-African Theology Providence and the Legacies of the Ancestors, and other books.

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"Josiah Ulysses Young's, Dogged Strength Within the Veil, utilizes the methodology and approach of the Historian of Religion Charles H. Long to brilliantly explicate the religious nature of the Black Experience through an insightful application and interrogation of descriptive categories signifying that experience found in anthropological studies of African Religion as well as the literary works of Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and most particularly, W. E. B. Du Bois. Young also does a masterful job in bringing significant works of such European thinkers as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jurgen Moltmann to bear on the way he reflects on the Black Experience." James Noel, San Francisco Theological Seminary--Sanford Lakoff "Confronting the Hegelian mythos of master-slave dialectic, Young weaves a tapestry form the likes of Baldwin, Du Bois, and Morrison in conversation with Levinas, Moltmann, and Pannenberg to embrace an Africana spirituality steeped in the mysterious love of God that resists injustice. With this confrontation, Young shouts "No!" to the shackles of enslavement, challenging the standards set by Western Christianity of privileged whiteness as oppposed to the really real message of the Jew named Jesus. In this his jazz oeuvre, Young waxes poetically, with riffs and solos that engage an implied theodicy and delivers a third person hope." Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Ph.D., Director, Center for Women and Religion, Graduate Theological Union--Sanford Lakoff

"Ever at Thy Glowing Altar": The Problemp. 3
Burning through the Plastic Image: The Approachp. 16
Dogged Strength within the Veil: Double-Consciousness and the Shrouding Activity of the White Man's Religion
"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen": Du Bois's Inner Strengthp. 35
American Africanism: Toni Morrison's Insight into the Form of Godp. 45
God Is Nobody's Toy: James Baldwin's Rejection of a Nullifying Double Standardp. 57
Africana Spirituality: Progenies of the Middle Passage and Their Implications for Today
Questions Louder Than Drums: This Discomfortp. 69
From Ryangombe the Blood Pact to the Bloody Pangap. 81
The Mysterious Love of God: Burning through the Veil
Une surprenante analogie: Reinvesting Christian Symbols with Their Original Energyp. 91
The Mysterious Love of a Third-Party Godp. 103
Notesp. 111
Bibliographyp. 125
Indexp. 129
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ISBN: 9781563383465
ISBN-10: 1563383462
Series: African American Religious Thought and Life
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st July 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.0  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1