The history of the african-american religious experience, a course taught at oberlin college and listed as religion 284. The religious experiences and understandings of african americans are unique, born of a combination of historical, cultural, social, political realities this course will explore african american religious life from twin perspectives, 1) historical, cultural, and theological dimensions and 2) through cultural expressions, particularly music and. African american religious experience has been shaped by coercive power the vast majority of african americans became christian, with 75 percent of blacks are protestants, but they developed a distinctive style of religiosity that combined their african heritage and their experience of slavery.
A religious portrait of african-americans that differences on political and social issues across religious groups within the african-american community tend to be. This far by faith: stories from the african-american religious experience user review - not available - book verdict this pair of books both shows the breadth of african american religious experience and seeks to make sense of the ways that experience has functioned in black consciousness and american life. Anthony pinn's engrossing survey highlights the rich diversity of black religious life in america, revealing expressions of an ever-changing black religious quest in four non-christian religious movements.
African american religious experience scholars from a variety of disciplines have recognized the central significance of religion in african american culture scholarly studies on african american religion in the united states can be traced to w e b du bois's the negro church (1903. African americans and religion sylvester a johnson discerns the immense impact of recorded sermons in the production of african american religious experience. What is african american religion scholars have written a lot about the difficulties in the study of religion generally those difficulties become even messier when we use the words black or african american to describe religion. The african american religious experience in america provides resources for students taking classes on the history of american religion, african american studies, and on american studies in addition to the in-depth discussion of the varieties of african american religion, the volume includes a historical introduction to the development of.
Religion in black america refers to the religious and spiritual practices of african americans historians generally agree that the religious life of black americans forms the foundation of their community life. A vitally important figure in both contemporary religion and contemporary music, dorsey is widely credited with bringing an unapologetic blues influence to twentieth-century african-american religious observance. African american religious experience refers to conscious responsiveness to the holy or to divinity or to an existential sense of mystery and ultimacy it emerges from complex religio-cultural terrain, and the study of its formation is problematized by several challenging and interrelated methodological, philosophical, and hermeneutical issues. Constructively, anderson argues that african american religion experience is fundamentally understood as relational, processive, open, fluid, and irreducible the tradition is actually an ongoing creative exchange that relates in many ways to its history, religious institutions, and faith communities.
Religious experience, cultural memory, and theological method, pinn takes less than ten pages to discuss those issues he considers important that are raised when one seriously engages the alternative perspectives of african based and other non-christian religious traditions of african americans. African american religious music has been a fundamental part of the black experience in this country this common staple of the african american experience can be traced back to the cruel system of slavery. Slavery and african american religion sources source for information on slavery and african american with experience as the basis of religious authority, being.
Anthony pinn's engrossing survey highlights the rich diversity of black religious life in america, revealing manifestations of an ever-changing black. African-american religions and religious beliefs spring from this community's history of oppression as well as its african roots history africans captured and brought to america were able to hold on to some of the religious practices common to their native land. The african american religious experience in america by anthony b pinn, 9780313325854, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Generally speaking, in the african american experience, spirituality is a fundamental part of how many people process and reconcile the experience of death african americans tend to believe in the sanctity of life and rely on a strong sense of community and family at times of loss.
African american religious experience in america (american religious experience series) pinn (humanities and religious studies, rice u) describes various forms of african american experience, bringing into relief some of the more prominent christian and non-christian traditions. The african american religious experience in america, greenwood press (2005) by university press of florida (2007) african american humanist principles: living and thinking like the children of nimrod, palgrave macmillan (2004. Free download african american religious history a documentary witness the c eric lincoln series on the black experience book pdf keywords free downloadafrican american religious history a documentary witness the c eric lincoln series on the black experience book pdf, read, reading book, free, download, book, ebook, books, ebooks, manual. By dr jeremiah a wright jr [ed and denominational officials to examine the african-american religious experience and its historical, theological and political.