This anthology provides a coherent, interdisciplinary theoretical base for students of African American religious studies and will assist in the design of programs and courses for lay theological education and training. To this end, the editor has assembled material from Old and New Testament studies, theology, church history, pastoral counseling, worship, and social action.
Preface vii General Introduction / Gayraud Wilmore xi Part One Origins, Context, and Conceptualization Introduction 1 1 The Development of Black Religion in America / C. Eric Lincoln 5 2 Black Church Studies and the Theological Curriculum / James H. Evans, Jr. 22 3 Assessment and New Departures for a Study of Black Religion in the United States of America / Charles H. Long 34 4 Folk Religion and Negro Congregations: The Fifth Religion / Joseph R. Washington, Jr. 50 5 The Religious Ethos of the Universal Negro Improvement Association / Randall K. Burkett 60 6 Black Spiritual Churches: Thaumaturgical Responses to Rascism and Social Stratification / Hans A. Baer 82 Part Two Biblical Studies Introduction 101 7 Three Thousand Years of Biblical Interpretation with Reference to Black Peoples / Charles B. Copher 105 8 Black experience and the Bible / Robert A. Bennett 129 9 Biblical Historical Study as Liberation: Toward an Afro-Christian Hermeneutic / Vincent L. Wimbush 140 10 The Bible, Re-Contextualization and the Black Religious Experience / Cain H. Felder 155 Part Three Theological and Ethical Studies Introduction 173 11 Black Theology as Liberation Theology / James H. Cone 177 12 Womanist Theology: Black Women's Experience as a Source for Doing Theology, with Special Reference to Christology / Jacquelyn Grant 208 13 African American Catholics and Black Theology: An Interpretation / M. Shawn Copeland, O.P. 228 14 Religio-Ethical Reflections Upon the Experiential Components of a Philosophy of Black Liberation / J. Deotis Roberts, Sr. 249 Part Four Historical Studies Introduction 267 15 Black Religion / Maulana Karenga 271 16 The Rise of African Churches in America (1786-1822): Reexamining the Contexts / Will B. Gravely 301 17 Religion and Black Protest Thought in African American History / Manning Marable 318 18 The Muslim Mission in the Context of American Social History / C. Eric Lincoln 340 Part Five Mission and Ministry Studies Introduction 357 19 Toward a Theology of Black Preaching / Henry H. Mitchell 361 20 The Woman as Preacher / Cheryl J. Sanders 372 21 Singing Praise to God in African American Worship Contexts / Melva W. Costen 392 22 The New Shiloh Saturday Church School / Sid Smith 405 23 Pastoral Counseling and the Black Perspective / Edward P. Wimberly 420 24 Confronting the System / William A. Jones, Jr. 429 Index 457