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Palgrave Macmillan

Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation

Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon

ISBN 9781137376824
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

The Black Church is an institution that emerged in rebellion against injustice perpetrated upon black bodies. How is it, then, that black women's oppression persists in black churches that espouse theological and ethical commitments to justice? The book engages the Chalcedonian Definition as the starting point for exploring the body as a moral dilemma. It reveals how the body of Christ has historically posed a problem for the church, and has produced a Christian trajectory of violence that has resulted in the breaking of the body of Christ. A survey of the black body as an American problem provides the lens for understanding how the theological problem of body has functioned as a social dilemma for black people. An exploration of the black Social Gospel as the primary theological trajectory that has approached the problem of embodied difference reveals how body injustice, namely sexism, functions behind the veil of race in black churches.

Eboni Marshall Turman is Assistant Research Professor of Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School, USA.


1. The Politics of Incarnation: A Theological Perspective

2. Moving the Body: The Logic of Incarnation in Theoethical Perspective

3. The Problem of Incarnation: Theorizing the Veil

4. Bodies and Souls: The Moral Problem of "Making Men"

5. Beyond the Veil: Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation

6. On the Parousia: The Black Body Electric





"Groundbreaking. Challenging. Provocative. Constructive. Marshall Turman holds traditions and liberative frameworks in fine methodological tension. With the simple question 'How does Black women's oppression persistent under the guise of liberation in Black churches?' Marshall Turman has produced a compelling womanist incarnational ethic that stares down fragmentation and offers us the keys to a deeply enfleshed wholeness." - Emilie M. Townes, Dean and E.Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Societ, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, USA
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