The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology

Paperback | January 4, 2012

byAnthony B. Pinn

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In this groundbreaking study, Anthony B. Pinn challenges the long held assumption that African American theology is solely theist, arguing that this assumption has stunted African American theological discourse and excluded a rapidly growing segment of the African American population -non-theists. Rejecting the assumption of theism as the African American orientation, Pinn poses a crucial question: What is a non-theistic theology? The End of God-Talk outlines the first systematic African American non-theistic theology. Pinn offers a new center for theological inquiry, grounded in a more scientific notion of the human than the imago Dei ideas that dominates African American theistic theologies. He proposes a turn to HenryDavid Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Walker in order to effect a sense of ethical conduct consistent with African American non-theistic humanism. The End of God-Talk ends with an exploration of the religious significance of ordinary spaces and activities as settings forhumanist theological engagement. Through a turn to embodied human life as the proper arena and content of theologizing, Pinn opens up a new theological path with important implications for ongoing work in African American religious studies.

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In this groundbreaking study, Anthony B. Pinn challenges the long held assumption that African American theology is solely theist, arguing that this assumption has stunted African American theological discourse and excluded a rapidly growing segment of the African American population -non-theists. Rejecting the assumption of theism as ...

Anthony Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, as well as Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies Think Tank. His areas of research include African American religious thought, religion and popular culture, constructive theologies, and African Americ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 4, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsNote on TerminologyIntroduction1. The Ordinary as Theological Source Material2. Community as Centering Category3. The Humanist Human - Self, Subject, Subjectivity4. On Theologizing Symmetry5. African American Humanist Ethics6. Humanist Celebration and the Ritualizing of LifeConclusion: Theologizing at the End of God-TalkBibliography