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Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience (Intersections: African American Religious Thought) [Paperback]

By Victor Anderson (Author)
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At least until recently, most African Americans would know what is meant by "the black church" or by "African American religion." But now, Victor Anderson argues, that tradition is undergoing radical change and harbors great ambiguities and unresolved dilemmas. Anderson's new book seeks to provide a pragmatic but principled way forward for African American religion and life. Anderson's work is two-sided: on one hand, he seeks to deconstruct an older, monolithic idea of African American religion as the stereotypical "black church" experience with one relationship to the larger cultural scene. If that picture was ever accurate, it was always partial, he argues. Constructively, Anderson argues that African American religion experience "is fundamentally understood as relational, processive, open, fluid, and irreducible." The tradition is actually an ongoing creative exchange that relates in many ways to its history, religious institutions, and faith communities. In that creative exchange, he argues, we find here and now instances or moments or events that actualize Martin Luther King's notion of the "beloved community." That image, and the flexibility and pragmatism it implies, best captures the legacy and future of African American religion. Anderson offers it here not just as a nostalgic image but also as an ongoing regulative ideal for African American life and religion.

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At least until recently, most African Americans would know what is meant by "the black church" or by "African American religion." But now, Victor Anderson argues, that tradition is undergoing radical change and harbors great ambiguities and unresolved dilemmas. Anderson's new book seeks to provide a pragmatic but principled way forward for African American religion and life. Anderson's work is two-sided: on one hand, he seeks to deconstruct an older, monolithic idea of African American religion as the stereotypical "black church" experience with one relationship to the larger cultural scene. If that picture was ever accurate, it was always partial, he argues. Constructively, Anderson argues that African American religion experience "is fundamentally understood as relational, processive, open, fluid, and irreducible." The tradition is actually an ongoing creative exchange that relates in many ways to its history, religious institutions, and faith communities. In that creative exchange, he argues, we find here and now instances or moments or events that actualize Martin Luther King's notion of the "beloved community." That image, and the flexibility and pragmatism it implies, best captures the legacy and future of African American religion. Anderson offers it here not just as a nostalgic image but also as an ongoing regulative ideal for African American life and religion.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
Edition  New  
ISBN  0800662555  
ISBN13  9780800662554  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Victor Anderson is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is also the Associate Professor of African American Studies and Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  1. Innovations: African American Religious Thought


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