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
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
Nancy Lynne Westfield, Drew University
Theology/Theology and Doctrine/Contemporary Theology
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