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Palgrave Macmillan

Religio-Political Narratives in the United States

From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Jeremiah Wright

ISBN 9780230109568
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

The idea of reclaiming prophetic dimensions of the Christian heritage arises from the fact that God calls us to think and act in relation to all spheres of human experience – social, political, economic, and religious. Religio-Political Narratives in America situates Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jeremiah Wright within a larger tradition of the American jeremiad - which uses rhetoric in calling the nation to account - and black church traditions as a framework that informs a socio-contextual assessment of veracity, patriotism, and prophetic proclamation. The authors examine ways in which the deep roots of the prophetic Christian heritage point to hope and justice as key themes throughout history, and serve as a resource to assess intersections of politics and religion today in the United States. Of utmost concern for the authors is how normative representations are processed through racial discourse as a means to shape and influence public opinion.

Angela D. Sims is Associate Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology, USA. She is principal investigator of 'Remembering Lynching: Strategies of Resistance and Visions of Justice' (an oral history project) and author of Ethical Complications of Lynching: Ida B. Wells's Interrogation of American Terror.

F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and Professor of Urban Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary., USA. He is the author of New Wine, New Wineskins an d Just Us or Justice.

Johnny Bernard Hill is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Claflin University, USA. He is the author of The First Black President: Barack Obama, Race, Politics and the American Dream.

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