African American Religious Cultures (2 Vol. Set) by Anthony B. Pinn

By Anthony B. Pinn

Like no prior reference, African American spiritual Cultures captures the complete scope of African American non secular identification, tracing the lengthy background of African American engagement with non secular perform whereas exploring the origins and complexities of present spiritual traditions.This leap forward encyclopedia bargains alphabetically prepared entries on each significant non secular trust approach because it has developed between African American groups, protecting its beginnings, improvement, significant doctrinal issues, rituals, vital figures, and defining moments. moreover, the paintings illustrates how the social and financial realities of existence for African american citizens have formed ideals around the spectrum of spiritual cultures.

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None are considered more ‘‘important’’ or ‘‘better’’ than others. To the contrary, they are all presented as vital in that they are embraced by members of particular communities and are understood as life affirming and beneficial by adherents. With this in mind, the length of particular entries is not a marker of greater or lesser value; rather, length is simply a function of available information and overlap between some traditions. The encyclopedia begins with religious traditions in the Americas, presented in alphabetical order.

But one should not assume that all African American Christians are affiliated with historically African American denominations. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are spread across numerous denominations, including the Lutheran Church. From its initial beginning in Europe, the basic patterns of Lutheranism spread, eventually moving into the North American context as Europeans sailed to the colonies beginning in the 1600s. Lutheranism, like other forms of Protestantism—so named because those associated with the general movement protested against what they considered problems in the Catholic Church—spread across a great territory (Noll 2001, 12).

Mellon, James. Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember (New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988). Olmos, Margarite Ferna´ndez, and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santerı´a to Obeah and Espiritismo (New York: New York University Press, 2003). Introduction | Palmie´, Stephan, ed. Slave Cultures and the Cultures of Slavery (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee, 1995). Pinn, Anthony. Varieties of African American Religious Experience (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998).

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