Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

Black Bodies and the Black Church

A Blues Slant

Authors: Douglas, Kelly Brown

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Blues is absolutely vital to black theological reflection and to the black church's existence. In Black Bodies and the Black Church , author Kelly Douglas Brown develops a blues crossroad theology, which allows the black church to remain true to itself and relevant in black lives.

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KELLY BROWN DOUGLAS is Professor of Religion and the Director of the Religion Program at Goucher College, USA.

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"Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas' book is a must-read, full of theological insights about personal God-consciousness and prophetic religious vitality embedded in the heavy-hearted music genre, the blues." - Katie G. Cannon, Union Presbyterian Seminary, USA.

"Kelly Brown Douglas recognizes that the Obama presidential campaign carried the Black Church to a critical crossroads in American life and culture. Black Bodies and the Black Church carries the Calvary cross, the Congo cross and the crises of post-modernity to the social, cultural, and spiritual crossroads confronted by bluespeople like Robert Johnson and Ma Rainey. Douglas's analysis of blues and boundaries helps us to understand the ways confrontations with white racism drive the Black Church to engage in exclusionary practices, especially with reference to gender and sexality. This book will provoke new conversations and revive old ones about the nature and relevance of the Black Church and its engagements with theodicy. Black Bodies and the Black Church is a serious moving train that will allow no neutrality for its readers." - Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor, Colby College, USA.

"Once again, Kelly Brown Douglas brilliantly, creatively, and powerfully exposes the unholy alliance between the Black Church and internalized forms of class, gender, and sexual oppression. This blues-oriented analysis of the non-dualistic relationship between the body and the soul, the sacred and the secular, and the haves and the have-nots is a clarion call to the Black Church to set aside narratives that rationalize discrimination and to inclusively open its doors, its arms, and its heart to every child of God." - Reverend Dr. Dennis Wiley, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C, USA.


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Crazy Blues

    Pages 3-29

    Douglas, Kelly Brown

  • Somebody’s Angel Child

    Pages 31-59

    Douglas, Kelly Brown

  • The Devil’s Gonna Get You

    Pages 61-85

    Douglas, Kelly Brown

  • “Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya”

    Pages 89-115

    Douglas, Kelly Brown

  • Down at the Crossroads

    Pages 119-140

    Douglas, Kelly Brown

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Black Bodies and the Black Church
Book Subtitle
A Blues Slant
Authors
Series Title
Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-09143-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137091437
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11681-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29742-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-44154-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 204
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