Religio-Political Narratives in the United States: From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Jeremiah Wright

Hardcover | June 18, 2014

byAngela D. Sims, F. Douglas Powe, Johnny Bernard Hill

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The idea of reclaiming prophetic dimensions of the Christian heritage arises from the fact that God calls us to think and act in relation to all spheres of human experience – social, political, economic, and religious. Religio-Political Narratives in America situates Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jeremiah Wright within a larger tradition of the American jeremiad - which uses rhetoric in calling the nation to account - and black church traditions as a framework that informs a socio-contextual assessment of veracity, patriotism, and prophetic proclamation. The authors examine ways in which the deep roots of the prophetic Christian heritage point to hope and justice as key themes throughout history, and serve as a resource to assess intersections of politics and religion today in the United States. Of utmost concern for the authors is how normative representations are processed through racial discourse as a means to shape and influence public opinion.

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The idea of reclaiming prophetic dimensions of the Christian heritage arises from the fact that God calls us to think and act in relation to all spheres of human experience – social, political, economic, and religious. Religio-Political Narratives in America situates Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jeremiah Wright within a larger tradition...

Angela D. Sims is Associate Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology, USA. She is principal investigator of 'Remembering Lynching: Strategies of Resistance and Visions of Justice' (an oral history project) and author of Ethical Complications of Lynching: Ida B. Wells's Interrogation of American Ter...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.84 × 5.62 × 0.74 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness 
Not God Bless America, God Damn America: When Hatred is disguised as Patriotism 
Color of Fear/Fear of Color: Language and the Shaping of Public Opinion: An Analysis of Social Constructions and the 2008 Presidential Campaign 
When Black is not Black 
Reclaiming the Prophetic: Toward a Theology of Hope and Justice in a Fragmented World 
The World House: The Beloved Community As a New Global Vision for Peace and Justice

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"The authors provide an invaluable resource for those who seek to reclaim prophetic dimensions of the Christian heritage. Exploring social, political, economic, and religious facets of our lives, the authors invite us to do candid self-evaluation as we also seek to disrupt and eradicate injustice by leaning into God's transformative love for all in creation. A must read."Emilie M. Townes, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University, USA.