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Down, Up, and Over: Slave Religion and Black Theology (New Vectors in the Study of Religion and Theology)

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Hopkins contends that the lives of enslaved African Americans were the foundational source of liberating faith and practice for African Americans today. Down, Up, and Over draws on their religious experience, and the example of their faith and witness, to develop a constructive theology of liberation. African American belief structures and hope practices blossom from the black folk's religious encounters with God, Hopkins contends. The first half of his ambitious work reconstructs the cultural matrix of African American religion-a total way of life formed by Protestantism, American culture, and the institution of slavery (1619-1865)-in which racial identities developed. Whites from Europe and blacks from Africa arrived with specific, differing views of God, faith, practice, and humanity. Hopkins recreates their worldviews and how white theology sought to remake African Americans into naturally inferior beings divinely ordained into subservience. The counter voice of enslaved blacks begets the Spirit of Liberation. Tracking that Spirit, Hopkins crafts an explicit black theology of the Spirit of Liberation for us (God, chapter 4), with us (Jesus, chapter 5), and in us (human purpose, chapter 6). Out of the crucible of slavery emerges the lineaments of a constructive religious vision: the constitution of a new self and a divinely purposed liberation toward full spiritual and material humanity. Hopkins sweeping vision, impressive scholarship, and astute social analysis make for a fascinating and important volume, one that can help all readers find meaning and purpose in the daunting 350-year pilgrimage of African Americans.

Synopsis:

Demonstrates that the roots of contemporary African American faith lie in the liberating faith of their enslaved ancestors.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-287) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780800627232
Author:
Hopkins, Dwight N.
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress Publishing
Location:
Minneapolis, MN :
Subject:
Theology - General
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
Slavery and the church
Subject:
Black theology
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - General
Subject:
Sociology of Religion x
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Religion Western-Theology
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
New Vectors in the Study of Religion and Theology
Series Volume:
P20-522
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.20x6.00x.78 in. 1.13 lbs.

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