Liberating Our Dignity, Saving Our Souls

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Chalice Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Social Science - 224 pages
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In Lee Butler's own words, "This book is an attempt to answer the question, 'Who are we as African Americans?'" Attempting to answer this question is one way we participate in the works of salvation. Liberating Our Dignity, Saving Our Souls is a study of African American identity aimed at pointing a way out of a current crisis into a new liberation and salvation. Butler combines insights and methodologies from developmental psychology, liberation theology, and African American history to plot a new course for contemporary African Americans to gain a sense of identity that will guide them away from the identity the European and American cultures have traditionally forced upon them. This involves determining identity by personal worth; not by occupation, economic class, or social class.
  

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I read this book during a bible study class. Lee Butler actually came to our first class. This was a good read, gave a lot of important historical facts. I enjoyed the footnotes and additional reading suggestions. Read full review

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Contents

The Significance of Race and Gender to African American Identity
1
Who Are African Americans?
10
Race Racism and the African American
21
The Color of the Self
47
African American Genderism
63
The Psychodynamics of African American Religiosity
79
African American Spirituality as Survival
104
Liberating Our Identity
119
Restoring Our Souls
149
Notes
174
Selected Bibliography
186
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Lee H. Butler, Jr., Ph.D., is professor of theology and psychology at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS). He is founder of the Center for the Study of Black Faith and Life at CTS, president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, past chairperson of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity in Theological Education (a standing committee of the Association of Theological Schools), and is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists, the Society for Pastoral Theology, and the American Academy of Religion.

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