In honor of National Library Week, our coverage of new arrivals currently on display here at the library continues. Today’s theme is religion:
- The tragic Vision of African American Religion. 2010. Matthew V. Johnson.
“This phenomenological analysis of African American religious subjectivity suggests the tragic, understood as an ontological category, as the seminal hermeneutical lens through which one can deepen one’s understanding of the experience and its theological implications.”
- Black Megachurch Culture: Models for Education and Empowerment. 2010. Sandra L. Barnes
“The author provides background information on traditional black churches and today’s black megachurches and explores the influences of the former on the empowering socialization educational tactics employed in megachurch congregations.”
- Aids, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole. 2010. Angelique Harris.
“For AIDS scholars, researchers, and community activists, Harris (sociology, California State U., Fullerton) draws from her dissertation research and fieldwork to describe AIDS activism in black churches in New York City, the formation of the black church AIDS movement, and the organizational development and marketing and education strategies of The Balm In Gilead.”
- Citizens of a Christian Nation: Evangelical Missions and the Problem of Race in the Nineteenth Century. 2010. Derek Chang.
“In America after the Civil War, the emancipation of four million slaves and the explosion of Chinese immigration fundamentally challenged traditional ideas about who belonged in the national polity. As Americans struggled to redefine citizenship in the United States, the “Negro Problem” and the “Chinese Question” dominated the debate. . . The book further explores how blacks and Chinese reimagined the evangelical nationalist project to suit their own needs and hopes. Historian Derek Chang brings together for the first time African American and Chinese American religious histories through a multitiered local, regional, national, and even transnational analysis of race, nationalism, and evangelical thought and practice.”
- Black Theology, Slavery and Contemporary Christianity. 2010. edited by Anthony G. Reddie.
“This book explores the legacy of slavery in Black theological terms. Challenging the dominant approaches to the history and legacy of slavery in the British Empire, the contributors show that although the 1807 act abolished the slave trade, it did not end racism, notions of White supremacy, or the demonization of Blackness, Black people and Africa.”
- The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. 2010. Willie James Jennings.
“Touching on issues of slavery, geography, Native American history, Jewish-Christian relations, literacy, and translation, he brilliantly exposes how the loss of land and the supersessionist ideas behind the Christian missionary movement are both deeply implicated in the invention of race.”
- The Nuwaubian Nation: Black Spirituality and State Control. 2010. Susan Palmer.
“This book follows the extraordinary career of Dwight York, who in his teens started out in a New York street gang, but converted to Islam in prison. Emerging as a Black messiah, York proceeded to break the Palemans spell of Kingu and to guide his people through a series of racial/religious identities that demanded dramatic changes in costume, gender roles and lifestyle.”
- The Voice of Conscience: The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr. 2010. Lewis V. Baldwin
“Beginning with King’s roots in Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, Baldwin traces the evolution of King’s attitude toward the church through his college, seminary, graduate school, and civil rights years. The emphasis is on King’s concept of the church as “the voice of conscience.” . . Baldwin critiques the contemporary church on the basis of King’s prophetic model, and concludes by insisting that this model, not the entrepreneurial spirituality of the contemporary megachurches, embodies the best potential for much-needed church renewal.”
- Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem. 2010. Zain ABdullah.
“The changes to U.S. immigration law that were instituted in 1965 have led to an influx of West African immigrants to New York, creating an enclave Harlem residents now call ”Little Africa.” These immigrants are immediately recognizable as African in their wide-sleeved robes and tasseled hats, but most native-born members of the community are unaware of the crucial role Islam plays in immigrants’ lives.”
Coming tomorrow: our series concludes with a look at new selections having to do with themes of community, migration, identity, and heritage. Stay tuned!