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Black Lives and Sacred Humanity: Toward an African American Religious Naturalism

Carol Wayne White

Abstract

This book explores a new religious ideal within African American culture that emerges from humanistic assumptions and is grounded in religious naturalism. Identifying African American religiosity as the ingenuity of a people constantly striving to inhabit their humanity and eke out a meaningful existence for themselves amid culturally coded racist rhetoric and practices, it constructs a concept of sacred humanity and grounds it in existing hagiographic and iconic African American writings. The first part of the book argues for a concept of sacred humanity that is supported by the best availabl ... More

Keywords: African American religious naturalism, James Baldwin, blacks’ full humanity, Anna Julia Cooper, W. E. B. Du Bois, philosophy of religion, racist rhetoric, religious naturalism, sacred humanity, social organisms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269815
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269815.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Wayne White, author
Bucknell University