The Black Church in America: African American Christian Spirituality
The Black Church in America: African American Christian Spirituality  -     By: Michael Battle
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 227
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.04 X 0.52 (inches)
ISBN: 140511892X
ISBN-13: 9781405118927
Series: Religious Life in America

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This book gives readers a broad understanding of the Black Churchin America and a sense of its uniqueness in the wider world.
  • Explores the history of the Black Church in America, itsAfrican roots, beliefs, practices, politics, and contemporary moraldilemmas
  • Argues that in the Black Church, individual and communaldestiny are bound together
  • The author is a Priest in the Episcopal Church and teachesspirituality and Black Church studies at Duke University.

Author Bio

Michael Battle served as Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Black Church Studies at Duke University and Rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina before moving to Virginia Theological Seminary. He was also Vice Chairman of the board of the Ghandi Institute. He is the author of The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality of Racial Reconciliation (2005), Reconciliation in a Violent World (2005) Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Christian Spirituality of Nonviolence (2004), The Wisdom of Desmond Tutu (1999) and Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu (1997).

Editorial Reviews

"Michael Battle's book is a wise and bold treatment of the mostcomplex phenomenon in Afro-American life: The Black Church. We needto listen to his words." Cornel West, PrincetonUniversity <!--end-->

"The key to understanding Battle's fine study of the blackchurch is found in his background as an African American Episcopalpriest. His major thesis is that a strong sense of communitypervades African American spirituality, which comes from communalAfrican religious traditions and the survival needs of enslavedAfricans in a hostile American environment. Although Battle'streatment of the historical material is not new, his emphasis onthe communal worship and spirituality of African AmericanChristianity is an important theological direction. Deeplyinfluenced by the theology of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who ordainedhim, Battle (Virginia Theological Seminary) argues that thecommunal spirituality of African Americans should be inclusive,eventually "inviting others to be black." He pushes this theme ofcommunity and reconciliation with a chapter that elaborates onMartin Luther King Jr.'s vision of "the Beloved Community,"indicating that the black church can be the fulfillment of thatview. He concludes the study with two challenges: a "ChurchlessBlack Church" and a "Womanless Black Church." The book includes ahistorical time line and a bibliography. Summing Up:Recommended. Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, andspecialists in the field." Choice

"The African American churches need less absolutizing in orderto undertake their great task of addressing the still rampantinequality and structural racism that criminalizes so many of theiryoung males and reduces others to passivity. A radical gospel isneeded more than ever, and it is to be hoped that this book willstimulate research to galvanize the churches into reflectiveaction."
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"An intriguing attempt at building a case for an AfricanAmerican Spirituality that is communal and relational innature."
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