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July 07 , 2009

Black Church Studies

An Introduction


Religious Studies

Over the last thirty years African American voices and perspectives have become essential to the study of the various theological disciplines. Writing out of their particular position in the North American context, African American thinkers have contributed significantly to biblical studies, theology, church history, ethics, sociology of religion, homiletics, pastoral care, and a number of other fields. Frequently the work of these African American scholars is brought together in the seminary curriculum under the rubric of the black church studies class. Drawing on these several disciplines, the black church studies class seeks to give an account of the broad meaning of Christian faith in the African American experience. Up to now, however, there has not been a single, comprehensive textbook designed to meet the needs of students and instructors in these classes. Black Church Studies: An Introduction will meet that need. Drawing on the work of specialists in several fields, it introduces all of the core theological disciplines from an African American standpoint, from African American biblical interpretation to womanist theology and and ethics to sociological understandings of the life of African American churches. It will become an indispensable resource for all those preparing to serve in African American congregations, or to understand African American contributions to the study of Christian faith.
  • Looks at the diverse definitions and functions of the Black Church as well as the ways in which race, class, religion, and gender inform its evolution.
  • Provides a comprehensive view of the contributions of African American Scholarship to the current theological discussion.
  • Written by scholars with broad expertise in a number of subject areas and disciplines.
  • Will enable the reader to relate the work of African American theological scholars to the tasks of preaching, teaching, and leading in local congregations.
  • Will provide the reader the most comprehensive understanding of African American theological scholarship available in one volume.

Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Brite Divinity School
Juan Floyd-Thomas, Texas Christian University
Carol B. Duncan, Wilfrid Laurier University
Stephen G. Ray Jr., Lutheran Theological Seminary-Philadelphia
Nancy Lynne Westfield, Drew University

Theology/Theology and Doctrine/Contemporary Theology

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