Varieties of African American Religious Experience

Varieties of African American Religious Experience

by Anthony B. Pinn (Editor)

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Anthony Pinn's engrossing survey highlights the rich diversity of black religious life in America, revealing manifestations of an ever-changing black religious quest in four non-Christian indigenous movements.

Based on extensive interviews, travel, and research — embellished with ample photos, bibliographies, and case studies — Pinn provides an insider look especially at Voodoo, Orisha devotion, Santeria, the Nation ofIslam, and Black Humanism in the U.S. Focusing less on institutional and doctrinal history and more onthe varied popular religious practices and sites, his volume highlights, for example, the influence ofCaribbean religions in the U.S., practices of divination and healing, the surge of black Muslim religion, theemergence of black humanism, religious influences on the ethical practices of black women, and the importof previously overlooked religious settings (e.g., church women's clubs, local politics, Pentecostal religion, private religious practices). The emergent picture, more subtle, varied, and vibrant than traditional black Christian denominational history, marks a new era in African American religious studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800629946
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 11/19/1998
Series: New Vectors in the Study of Religion and Theology
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 391,419
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies at Rice University and teaches courses on African American religion, history of black religious thought, and black theology. He is the author of over thirty-five books, including The New Disciples: A Novel (2015), The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology (2012), Varieties of African American Religious Experience (Fortress Press, 1998), and Why Lord? Suffering and Evil in Black Theology (1995).

Table of Contents


Introduction: Theology and the Canon of Black Religion Rethought

1. Vodou, Voodoo, and the Voodoo Spiritual Temple

2. Santer'a, Orisha-Voodoo, and Oyotunji African Village

3. Islam, Nation of Islam, the Minneapolis Study Group

4. Humanism and African Americans for Humanism

5. Religious Experience, Cultural Memory, and Theological Method

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