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Black Church Studies
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Published November 2007

Religious StudiesOver the last thirty years African American voices and perspectives have become essential to the study of the various theological disciplines. Writing out of their particular position in the North American context, African American thinkers have contributed significantly to biblical studies, theology, church history, ethics, sociology of religion, homiletics, pastoral care, and a number of other fields. Frequently the work of these African American scholars is brought together in the seminary curriculum under the rubric of the black church studies class. Drawing on these several disciplines, the black church studies class seeks to give an account of the broad meaning of Christian faith in the African American experience. Up to now, however, there has not been a single, comprehensive textbook designed to meet the needs of students and instructors in these classes. Black Church Studies: An Introduction will meet that need. Drawing on the work of specialists in several fields, it introduces all of the core theological disciplines from an African American standpoint, from African American biblical interpretation to womanist theology and and ethics to sociological understandings of the life of African American churches. It will become an indispensable resource for all those preparing to serve in African American congregations, or to understand African American contributions to the study of Christian faith.

Looks at the diverse definitions and functions of the Black Church as well as the ways in which race, class, religion, and gender inform its evolution.
Provides a comprehensive view of the contributions of African American Scholarship to the current theological discussion.
Written by scholars with broad expertise in a number of subject areas and disciplines.
Will enable the reader to relate the work of African American theological scholars to the tasks of preaching, teaching, and leading in local congregations.
Will provide the reader the most comprehensive understanding of African American theological scholarship available in one volume.

Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Brite Divinity SchoolJuan Floyd-Thomas, Texas Christian UniversityCarol B. Duncan, Wilfrid Laurier UniversityStephen G. Ray Jr., Lutheran Theological Seminary-PhiladelphiaNancy Lynne Westfield, Drew UniversityTheology/Theology and Doctrine/Contemporary Theology

About the Authors

Nancy Lynne Westfield

N. Lynne Westfield is Assistant Professor of Religious Education at Drew University Theological School.

Juan M. Floyd-Thomas

Juan Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of African American Religious History at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Carol B. Duncan

Carol B. Duncan is Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Stacey Floyd-Thomas

Stacey Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of ethics, feminist/womanist studies, Black Church studies, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, and postcolonial studies with an overall approach to the study of Christian social ethics that engages broad questions of moral agency, cultural memory, ethical responsibility and social justice. Drawing upon socio-historical methods and liberation ethics, her work in Christian social ethics has a threefold focus race, gender, and class and she is equally interested in the challenges of religious pluralism, social justice and the political world. She is concerned with what she calls "the why crisis" of faith. This task demands more than the conventional modes of descriptive analysis, normative interpretation, and social critique but lends itself to a meta-ethics that guides moral reasoning and et

Dr. Stephen G. Ray JR.

Stephen G. Ray, Jr. is Neal and Ila Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.