Download PDF by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.: African American religion: a very short introduction

By Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

ISBN-10: 0195182898

ISBN-13: 9780195182897

African American faith deals a provocative ancient and philosophical therapy of the spiritual lifetime of African american citizens. Glaude argues that the word "African American faith" is significant simply insofar because it singles out the distinct methods faith has been leveraged by means of African american citizens to answer various racial regimes within the usa. That daring declare frames how he reads the historical Read more...

summary: African American faith bargains a provocative historic and philosophical therapy of the spiritual lifetime of African americans. Glaude argues that the word "African American faith" is significant in simple terms insofar because it singles out the specific methods faith has been leveraged through African american citizens to answer varied racial regimes within the usa. That daring declare frames how he reads the historic checklist. Slavery, Jim Crow, and present appeals to paint blindness function a backdrop for his remedy of conjure, African American Christianity and Islam"

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Magic escapes the “know-how” of the other (in this case, the slaveholder). ” This was not simply an individual act of avoiding harm. It was a social practice that connected Douglass, even if he rejected its value, to Sandy and to a broader sense of the collective life of slaves apart from white slaveholders. ” If different peoples were like us, then the task was to determine in what ways the likeness evidenced itself. ” And this is a crucial insight. Magic is not simply a private individual affair as Durkheim suggests.

One of the distinctive features of this period was the democratization of the emerging nation’s religious life, the result of which was a fascinating fragmentation of the religious landscape as different and independent interpretations of the Gospel resulted in a proliferation of religious groups. African American Religion 3. Black slaves and white Christians prayed and sang together at revivals or camp meetings. Common in frontier communities during the Great Awakenings of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, these meetings allowed dispersed Christians to come together in a communal setting.

The fact remains that its presence and use affected how those who believed in its power responded to their condition as slaves. They rebelled. An example on the individual level of the power of magic to secure possession of a self can be seen in the life of Dinkie, a slave conjurer in William Wells Brown’s slave narrative, My Southern Home. Brown describes Dinkie as a powerful figure who wore a snake’s skin, carried a petrified frog in his pocket, and who called forth fear and admiration among his fellow slaves and among white slaveholders.

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