Du Bois on Religion

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 209 pages
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W.E.B. Du Bois shaped 20th century America to an extent rivaled by few others. The first black to receive a Ph. D. from Harvard, he helped create the discipline of sociology and was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Martin Luther King, Jr. called Du Bois "a gifted discoverer of social truths." But until now little academic attention has been paid to his insights on religion or to how religious commitments shaped his views of race, rights and justice. Phil Zuckerman here gathers together Du Bois's writings on religion, and makes a compelling case for Du Bois to be recognized among the leading sociologists of religion. Du Bois on Religion includes selections from his well-known works such as The Souls of Black Folks to poems, prayers, stories and speeches less widely available. Brief, helpful introductions preface each of the twenty-six selections. Also, a general introduction traces Du Bois's move from church-attending Christian to relentless critic of religion and evaluates Du Bois's contributions to the study of religion. Du Bois on Religion is an important text for sociologists or for anyone interested in the history of race and religion in the United States.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Problem of Amusement
19
The Philadelphia Negro A Social Study
29
Credo
43
The Negro Church Essay
45
Of the Faith of the Fathers
47
Of Alexander Crummell
57
A Litany at Atlanta
65
The White Christ
141
The Gospel According to Mary Brown
143
The Second Coming
147
The Prayers of God
151
A Hymn to the Peoples
155
Pontius Pilate
157
The Gift of the Spirit
161
The Color Line and the Church
169

Religion in the South
69
Jesus Christ in Georgia
91
The Church and the Negro
99
The Burden of Black Women
101
Jesus Christ in Baltimore
105
Easter
107
The Negro Church
109
Will the Church Remove the Color Line?
173
The Son of God
181
Jacob and Esau
187
The Negro and the Warsaw Ghetto
197
Index
203
About the Editor
209
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Phil Zuckerman is also the author of Strife in the Sanctuary (AltaMira Press, 1999). He is currently a professor of sociology at Pitzer College.

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