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Down by the Riverside : Readings in African American Religion - Larry Murphy

Down by the Riverside

Readings in African American Religion

By: Larry Murphy (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780814755815
Number Of Pages: 450

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Down by the Riverside provides an expansive introduction to the development of African American religion and theology. Spanning the time of slavery up to the present, the volume moves beyond Protestant Christianity to address a broad diversity of African American religion from Conjure, Orisa, and Black Judaism to Islam, African American Catholicism, and humanism.

This accessible historical overview begins with African religious heritages and traces the transition to various forms of Christianity, as well as the maintenance of African and Islamic traditions in antebellum America. Preeminent contributors include Charles Long, Gayraud Wilmore, Albert Raboteau, Manning Marable, M. Shawn Copeland, Vincent Harding, Mary Sawyer, Toinette Eugene, Anthony Pinn, and C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence Mamiya. They consider the varieties of religious expression emerging from migration from the rural South to urban areas, African American women's participation in Christian missions, Black religious nationalism, and the development of Black Theology from its nineteenth-century precursors to its formulation by James Cone and later articulations by black feminist and womanist theologians. They also draw on case studies to provide a profile of the Black Christian church today.

This thematic history of the unfolding of religious life in African America provides a window onto a rich array of African American people, practices, and theological positions.

"This colection brings together two generations of scholarship on many important topics in African-American religious history. . . . A useful and judiciously chosen compilation that should serve well in the classroom."

-Religious Studies Review

Introductionp. 1
Thematic, Contextual Prisms for Understanding African American Religion
Perspectives for a Study of African American Religionp. 9
African Americans, Exodus, and the American Israelp. 20
What Is African American Christianity?p. 26
The Religious Dimension: "The Black Sacred Cosmos"p. 32
From the Motherland to Another Land: The Emergence of African American Religion in the Antebellum United States
Black Religion: The African Modelp. 41
"The Rule of Gospel Order": Religious Life in the Slave Communityp. 49
Sources of Black Denominationalismp. 59
Pre-Twentieth Century Islamp. 69
Memoir of Abrahamp. 81
The Idea of Missionsp. 85
Black Women in Religious Institutions: A Historical Summary from Slavery to the 1960sp. 97
"Slavery's Chains Done Broke At Las'": African American Religion in the Aftermath of Slavery
The Gospel and the Primerp. 109
The Black Faith of W. E. B. Du Bois: Sociocultural and Political Dimensions of Black Religionp. 122
"All Things to All People": The Functions of the Black Church in the Last Quarter of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 133
The Redemption of Africa and Black Religionp. 141
A Shift of Locus and Focus: African American Religion and the Transition into the Twentieth Century
"Everyone Is Welcome": North the the Promised Landp. 155
The Grip of the Negro Churchp. 160
The Development of Gospel Songp. 175
The Black Roots of Pentecostalismp. 189
Expanding the Options: Diversification in African American Religious Expression
The Second Emergence of Islamp. 203
The Voodoo Cult among Negro Migrants in Detroitp. 208
Father Major Jealous Divinep. 221
Black Judaism in the United Statesp. 225
The Historical Development of Black Spiritual Churchesp. 232
Orisha Worship in the United Statesp. 243
African American Yorubas in Harlem and the Transition to Oyotunji Villagep. 256
The Other Kind of Doctor: Conjure and Magic in Black American Folk Medicinep. 260
African Americans and Humanismp. 273
"Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?": African American Religion and Social Advocacy
In Search of the Promised Landp. 289
The Black Church and Black Politics: Models of Ministerial Activismp. 293
Black Religion and Social Change: Women in Leadership Rolesp. 303
Black Religious Nationalism and the Politics of Transcendencep. 317
The Dialectical Model of the Black Churchp. 329
Profiles of the Contemporary African American Church
Rural, Urban Clergy and Churchesp. 339
The Black Denominations and the Ordination of Womenp. 367
The Churches and Broader Developments in Black Religion: Two Congregational Case Studiesp. 381
Claiming a Theological Voice: Black and Womanist Theologies in the Twentieth Century
Black Theology as Liberation Theologyp. 389
Statement by the National Committee of Black Churchmen, June 13, 1969p. 414
Statement by the National Committe of Black Churchmen, Third Annual Convocation, November 11-14, 1969p. 417
African American Catholics and Black Theology: An Interpretationp. 423
"Lifting as We Climb": Womanist Theorizing about Religion and the Familyp. 434
Looking Back to the Future
Survival, Elevation, and Liberation in Black Religionp. 447
Fighting for Freedom with Church Fans: To Know What Religion Meansp. 469
Appendixes
Timeline of the African American Religious Experiencep. 482
Filmography of the African American Religious Experiencep. 488
Acknowledgementsp. 489
Indexp. 493
About the Editorp. 496
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ISBN: 9780814755815
ISBN-10: 081475581X
Series: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 1st November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.87