"This colection brings together two generations of scholarship on
many important topics in African-American religious history. . . .
A useful and judiciously chosen compilation that should serve well
in the classroom."
-- "Religious Studies Review"
"It serves as a smorgasbord of the study of black
-- "Black Issues Book Review"
Down by the Riverside provides an expansive introduction to the
development of African American religion and theology. Spanning the
time of slavery up to the present, the volume moves beyond
Protestant Christianity to address a broad diversity of African
American religion from Conjure, Orisa, and Black Judaism to Islam,
African American Catholicism, and humanism.
This accessible historical overview begins with African
religious heritages and traces the transition to various forms of
Christianity, as well as the maintenance of African and Islamic
traditions in antebellum America. Preeminent contributors include
Charles Long, Gayraud Wilmore, Albert Raboteau, Manning Marable, M.
Shawn Copeland, Vincent Harding, Mary Sawyer, Toinette Eugene,
Anthony Pinn, and C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence Mamiya. They
consider the varieties of religious expression emerging from
migration from the rural South to urban areas, African American
women's participation in Christian missions, Black religious
nationalism, and the development of Black Theology from its
nineteenth-century precursors to its formulation by James Cone and
later articulations by black feminist and womanist theologians.
They also draw on case studies to provide a profile of the Black
Christian church today.
This thematic history of the unfolding of religious life in
AfricanAmerica provides a window onto a rich array of African
American people, practices, and theological positions.
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