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Pragmatic Spirituality : The Christian Faith through an Africentric Lens - Gayraud S. Wilmore

Pragmatic Spirituality

The Christian Faith through an Africentric Lens

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Gayraud S. Wilmore, an internationally renowned scholar of the history of the African American church, is one of the founders of black theology and author of "Black Religion and Black Radicalism." Pragmatic Spirituality brings together some of his most compelling writings to speak to continuing issues in African American Christianity and black theology. The volume makes available for the first time several of Wilmore's previously unpublished essays, including a new chapter on womanist theology written for this book. Each chapter has been thoroughly reviewed and where appropriate reworked for this volume in order to create a coherent work which reveals a consistent "pragmatic spirituality" in African and African American religious practice. This book presents a view of the Christian faith and life at variance with the quest for personal sanctity by emphasizing communal empowerment for humanization and justice.

Pragmatic Spirituality incorporates some of the most engaging of Wilmore's voluminous writings to reinstate a persistent theme: that black or Africentric faith transposes itself from basically numinous and ecstatic elements in African and African diasporic religions to the immediate and practical work of healing and empowering the poor and marginalized. This book transcends a narrow Africentrism to call for a broad acquaintance with a historic motif in black faith that has to do with compassion, justice, equality, and the liberation of all people.

This illuminating volume displays Wilmore's influence on the development of black theology for over fifty years, and introduces his work to a new generation of scholars.

"Contains valuable information not easily available elsewhere." --Multicultural Review "The author illuminates our deep racism in very clear ways, including personal experiences" --Missiology Book Review

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Teaching African American Religious Studies
What Is African American Religious Studies?p. 15
Reinterpretation in Black Church Historyp. 27
Black Religion: Strategies of Survival, Elevation, and Liberationp. 44
Womanist Thought as a Recovery of Liberation Theologyp. 60
"Doing the Truth": Some Criteria for Researching African American Religious Historyp. 74
The Quest for an Africentric Cultural Identity
What Is African American Christianity?p. 87
African Beginningsp. 97
The Black Messiah: Revising the Color Symbolism of Western Christologyp. 121
Black Consciousness: Stumbling Block or Battering Ram?p. 137
Black Theology: History and Major Motifs
What Is Black Theology?p. 155
Eschatology in Blackp. 167
Black Power, Black People, and Theological Renewalp. 186
The Role of African America in the Rise of Third-World Theology: A Historical Reappraisalp. 207
Africentric Pastoral Ministry
What Is the Relevance of Black Theology for Pastoral Ministry?p. 225
Black Christians, Church Unity, and One Common Expression of Apostolic Faithp. 246
Lessons from My Father's World: A Sermonp. 259
Struggling against Racism with Realism and Hopep. 267
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 303
About the Authorp. 323
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ISBN: 9780814793961
ISBN-10: 0814793967
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 323
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.45