African American Religious Cultures

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ABC-CLIO, 2009 - Religion - 739 pages
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This work captures the full scope of African American religious identity, tracing the long history of African American engagement with spiritual practice while exploring the origins and complexities of current religious traditions. It offers alphabetically organized entries on every major spiritual belief system as it has evolved among African American communities, covering its beginnings, development, major doctrinal points, rituals, important figures, and defining moments. In addition, the work illustrates how the social and economic realities of life for African Americans have shaped beliefs across the spectrum of religious cultures. The essays consider broader areas of African American religion such as literature and religion, preaching and sermonic traditions, healing and health, popular culture, the urban context, education, the psychology of religious behavior, and worship. A chronology is provided, along with appendices containing primary documents and short essays on related topics.

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Some of the information in this book is wrong. Prophet Crowdy did not name himself Chief Joseph Crowdy. Chief Joe was his brother. It was Prophet William Saunders Crowdy. There needs to be a revision to your work. Also, the Church in South Africa was established in 1903.
--Written by a Member of the Church of God and Saints of Christ

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Anthony B. Pinn, PhD, is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, Houston, TX. His published works include Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion and African American Humanist Principles: Living and Thinking Like the Children of Nimrod.

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