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Palgrave Macmillan

Formation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Nineteenth Century

Rhetoric of Identification

ISBN 9781137344809
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

Exploring the parameters of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's dual existence as evangelical Christians and as children of Ham, this book explains how the denomination relies on the rhetoric of evangelicalism and heathenism to construct an identity. A. Nevell Owens shows how the Voice of Mission, the missionary newspaper of the church, played an integral role in the definition of the denomination as evangelical vis-à-vis the "heathen African." By looking at the Voice of Mission as a primary source document, this book further examines the extent to which the African Methodist Episcopal Church affectively lived out its existence in two different worlds that were more often than not diametrically opposed to each other.

A. Nevell Owens is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida A and M University, USA. His primary research interest is nineteenth-century African American theology and the formation of the Black Church.

1. Rhetoric of Identity: The African Methodist Episcopal Church And What It Means To Be Children Of God And Children Of Ham
2. It Is Salvation We Want: The Path To Spiritual Redemption and Social Uplift
3. Saving The Heathen: The AMEC And It's Africanist Discourse
4. We Have Been Believers: Revisiting AMEC Rhetoric of Evangelical Christianity


"In a careful historical study, Owens exposes the 'double consciousness' that lives within the souls of African Methodist Episcopal church folk. By examining the struggles between 'North' and 'South;' evangelicalism and heathenism; civilization and superstition; America and Africa; doctrine and practice; and especially White Christianity and Black spirituality, Owens helps us gain insights into some of the ongoing questions concerning identity of African-descended Christians. The creative turn to African religious notions in the re-formulation of Christology makes this book a must-read for all who are concerned for renewal and re-vitalization in the spiritual lives of all people." - Emmanuel Y. Lartey, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, USA"Owens has written a deeply insightful, thoroughly researched and critical perspective on the 'double consciousness' of Black religiosity. This work is essential to students of religious history, members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and researchers of the complexities of social, historical, and contemporary faith traditions." - Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Historiographer and Executive Director of Research and Scholarship, African Methodist Episcopal Church and Professor of Homiletics and Director of Black Church Studies, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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