Monday, May 30, 2016

Pg. 99: Carol Wayne White's "Black Lives and Sacred Humanity"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Black Lives and Sacred Humanity: Toward an African American Religious Naturalism by Carol Wayne White.

About the book, from the publisher:
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 harrowing circumstances, Black Lives and Sacred Humanity constructs a concept of sacred humanity and grounds it in the writings of Anna Julia Cooper, W. E. B. Du Bois, and James Baldwin. Supported by current theories in science studies, critical theory, and religious naturalism, this concept, as Carol Wayne White demonstrates, offers a capacious view of humans as interconnected, social, value-laden organisms with the capacity to transform themselves and create nobler worlds wherein all sentient creatures flourish.

Acknowledging the great harm wrought by divisive and problematic racial constructions in the United States, this book offers an alternative to theistic models of African American religiosity to inspire newer, conceptually compelling views of spirituality that address a classic, perennial religious question: What does it mean to be fully human and fully alive?
Learn more about Black Lives and Sacred Humanity at the Fordham University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Black Lives and Sacred Humanity.

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