Toward Black Humanist Studies Part One: Theological Discourse Reconceived

  • Anthony B. Pinn
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


In order to avoid confusion, I begin with an opening statement concerning the nature of black humanist studies. I understand that this statement is really much too short to qualify as a full chapter; yet, I also recognize that it’ s importance overrules the consideration of length.


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    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “A Debate on Activism in Black Studies: A Call to Protect Academic Integrity from Politics,” in Manning Marable, ed. Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000), 187.Google Scholar
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    Recent examples include: Victor Anderson, Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay on African American Religious and Cultural Criticism (NewYork: Continuum, 1995);Google Scholar
  3. Dwight N. Hopkins, ed., Black Faith and Public Talk: Critical Essays on James H. Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power (Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books, 1999);Google Scholar
  4. Emilie M. Townes, Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care (NewYork: Continuum, 1998);Google Scholar
  5. Emilie M. Townes, ed., A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil & Suffering (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1993);Google Scholar
  6. Emilie M. Townes, ed., Embracing the Spirit: Womanist Perspectives on Hope, Salvation, and Transformation (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1997);Google Scholar
  7. Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher, Xodus: An African American Male Journey (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996);Google Scholar
  8. Kelly Brown Douglas, Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1999).Google Scholar
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    Hazel V. Carby, Race Men (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999).Google Scholar
  10. 17.
    Stuart Hall, “What is This ‘Black’ in Black Popular Culture?” in a project by Michele Wallace and Gina Dent, eds., Black Popular Culture (Seattle: Bay Press, 1992), 29.Google Scholar

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