African American religion: a very short introduction by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

By Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

African American faith deals a provocative ancient and philosophical therapy of the non secular lifetime of African americans. Glaude argues that the word "African American faith" is significant basically insofar because it singles out the distinct methods faith has been leveraged by way of African american citizens to answer varied racial regimes within the usa. That daring declare frames how he reads the historical Read more...

summary: African American faith bargains a provocative old and philosophical therapy of the spiritual lifetime of African americans. Glaude argues that the word "African American faith" is significant simply insofar because it singles out the certain methods faith has been leveraged by way of African american citizens to reply to assorted racial regimes within the usa. That daring declare frames how he reads the ancient checklist. Slavery, Jim Crow, and present appeals to paint blindness function a backdrop for his therapy of conjure, African American Christianity and Islam"

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To be pitied, that the masters of these negroes in most of the English colonies take little care of their spiritual welfare, and let them live on in their Pagan darkness. There are even some, who would be very ill pleased at, and would by all means hinder their negroes from being instructed in the doctrines of Christianity; to this they are partly led by the conceit of its being shameful, to have a spiritual brother or sister among so despicable a people; partly by thinking that they should not be able to keep their negroes so meanly afterwards; and partly through fear of the negroes growing too proud, on seeing themselves upon a level with their masters in religious matters.

They cited biblical verses such as Ephesians 6:5, where St. Paul says, “Slaves be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ” (KJV). Many slave owners came to believe that religion worked as a means of control. But this same religious impulse also served as a basis for what would later become the abolitionist movement as many white Christians viewed slavery as an affront to God. ” Other Christians found no contradiction between their commitment to the Gospel and to the institution of slavery.

Religion worked in lockstep with the very idea of differentiating the civilized from the primitive (a distinction critical to the discourse of race in the Western world). ” The classicist J. G. Frazer extended Tylor’s account of magic in his important work, The Golden Bough (1890). For him, magic was much more than a hodgepodge of wild beliefs. It was systematic. Magic connected things that were similar. For example, jaundice, because it produced a yellowish tint of the skin, could be healed by gold because both were of the same color.

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