This book offers a creative and unique approach to the history of African American religion. Tracing what it has meant to be African American and religious within the context of the United States, it provides a vital snapshot of some of the traditions that have shaped the religious imagination of the country. Major themes and problems encountered by African Americans involved in a variety of traditions are depicted in a clear and engaging fashion.
The chapters move from the period of slavery and the early arrangement of religious thought and practice within communities of enslaved Africans to the more recent growth in the number of African American "Nones". Drawing on cultural developments such as hip hop, Anthony Pinn links the language and activities of African American religious experience to the cultural worlds in which African Americans live.
Introducing African American Religion includes illustrations, summaries, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading as well as a glossary and chronology, helping students to become familiar with the main terms of the traditions discussed and to place their development in historical context. Additional resources can be found on the companion website: www.routledge.com/cw/pinn
Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, USA. His books include Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion (2003) and Varieties of African American Religious Experience (1999).
Section One: The Nature, Origins, and Historical Overview of African American Religion 1. What Is African American Religion? 2. Africans in the Americas 3. Beginnings of African American Religion 4. African American Religion in the 19th Century 5. African American Religion in the 20th Century Section Two: Major Themes in African American Religion 6. Worldly Change, or a New World? 7. Religion, Race, and Racism 8. The Question of Gender 9. Dreams of Democracy 10. African American Religion and Economics 11. Liberation Theology Section Three: Issues and Concerns in Contemporary African American Religion 12. Sex and Sexuality 13. Hip Hop and the New `Look' of Religion 14. The New `Nones'. Chronology. Glossary. Additional Resources.