The Divided Mind Of The Black Church: "theology, Piety, And Public Witness" by Raphael G. WarnockThe Divided Mind Of The Black Church: "theology, Piety, And Public Witness" by Raphael G. Warnock

The Divided Mind Of The Black Church: "theology, Piety, And Public Witness"

byRaphael G. Warnock

Hardcover | December 6, 2013

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What is the true nature and mission of the church? Is its proper Christian purpose to save souls, or to transform the social order? This question is especially fraught when the church is one built by an enslaved people and formed, from its beginning, at the center of an oppressed community’s fight for personhood and freedom. Such is the central tension in the identity and mission of the black church in the United States.
For decades the black church and black theology have held each other at arm’s length. Black theology has emphasized the role of Christian faith in addressing racism and other forms of oppression, arguing that Jesus urged his disciples to seek the freedom of all peoples. Meanwhile, the black church, even when focused on social concerns, has often emphasized personal piety rather than social protest. With the rising influence of white evangelicalism, biblical fundamentalism, and the prosperity gospel, the divide has become even more pronounced.
In Piety or Protest, Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,traces the historical significance of the rise and development of black theology as an important conversation partner for the black church. Calling for honest dialogue between black and womanist theologians and black pastors, this fresh theological treatment demands a new look at the church’s essential mission.
The Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock serves as Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, Georgia).
In the Religion, Race, and Ethnicity series
Title:The Divided Mind Of The Black Church: "theology, Piety, And Public Witness"Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:December 6, 2013Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814794467

ISBN - 13:9780814794463


Editorial Reviews

"With historical detail and theological nuance, Raphael Warnock has provided an insightful treatment of the complex relationship between the institution of black churches and black theology. His call for a fifth, integrative moment in the expression of a liberationist faith—what he sees as the flowering of a self-critical liberationist community—is a bold and imaginative gesture from someone who occupies one of the most important pulpits in the world. With this book, Warnock has done a great service for black theology and for black churches."-Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.,William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University