The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology

The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology

by Anthony B. Pinn

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Overview

In this groundbreaking study, Anthony B. Pinn challenges the long held assumption that African American theology is solely theist, arguing that this assumption has stunted African American theological discourse and excluded a rapidly growing segment of the African American population - non-theists. Rejecting the assumption of theism as the African American orientation, Pinn poses a crucial question: What is a non-theistic theology?

The End of God-Talk outlines the first systematic African American non-theistic theology. Pinn offers a new center for theological inquiry, grounded in a more scientific notion of the human than the imago Dei ideas that dominates African American theistic theologies. He proposes a turn to Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Walker in order to effect a sense of ethical conduct consistent with African American non-theistic humanism. The End of God-Talk ends with an exploration of the religious significance of ordinary spaces and activities as settings for humanist theological engagement.

Through a turn to embodied human life as the proper arena and content of theologizing, Pinn opens up a new theological path with important implications for ongoing work in African American religious studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195340839
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/04/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Anthony Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, as well as Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies Think Tank. His areas of research include African American religious thought, religion and popular culture, constructive theologies, and African American religious aesthetics. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including What Is African American Religion?, Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought, and Understanding & Transforming the Black Church.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on Terminology
Introduction
Chapter One: The Ordinary as Theological Source Material
Chapter Two: Community as Centering Category
Chapter Three: The Humanist Human - Self, Subject, Subjectivity
Chapter Four: On Theologizing Symmetry
Chapter Five: African American Humanist Ethics
Chapter Six: Humanist Celebration and the Ritualizing of Life
Conclusion: Theologizing at the End of God-Talk
Bibliography

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