The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness

The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness

by Raphael G. Warnock

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Overview

A revealing look at the identity and mission of the black church

What is the true nature and mission of the church? Is its proper Christian purpose to save souls, or to transform the social order? This question is especially fraught when the church is one built by an enslaved people and formed, from its beginning, at the center of an oppressed community’s fight for personhood and freedom. Such is the central tension in the identity and mission of the black church in the United States.

For decades the black church and black theology have held each other at arm’s length. Black theology has emphasized the role of Christian faith in addressing racism and other forms of oppression, arguing that Jesus urged his disciples to seek the freedom of all peoples. Meanwhile, the black church, even when focused on social concerns, has often emphasized personal piety rather than social protest. With the rising influence of white evangelicalism, biblical fundamentalism, and the prosperity gospel, the divide has become even more pronounced.

In The Divided Mind of the Black Church, Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., traces the historical significance of the rise and development of black theology as an important conversation partner for the black church. Calling for honest dialogue between black and womanist theologians and black pastors, this fresh theological treatment demands a new look at the church’s essential mission.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814794463
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/06/2013
Series: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity Series , #9
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 468,014
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock serves as Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, Georgia).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Gospel of Liberation: Black Christian Resistance Prior to Black Theology
2. The Gospel’s Meaning and the Black Church’s Mission
3. Black Theologians on the Mission of the Black Church
4. Black Pastors on the Mission of the Black Church
5. Womanist Theologians on the Mission of the Black Church
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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