What's Faith Got to Do with It?

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"African American Christians have often had to answer the question, 'How can you be a Christian, knowing the role of Chrstianity in white supremacists' ideology and practices?' . . . . Dr. Douglas's answer will halp many African American Christians find a 'voice' to articulate with their lips what it is that they have felt in their hears for over 400 years."--Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

A black Episcopal priest and theologian explores the history of "platonized" Christianity that results in distortions of the Gospels, including racism, classicism, sexism and the violence they inspire and condone.

Rev. Dr.  Kelly Brown Douglas is Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Religion Program at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, where she holds the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion. Prior to coming to Goucher College she was Associate Professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, DC, and served as Assistant Professor of Religion at Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, FL.

A native of Dayton, OH, Dr. Douglas was ordained in 1985 at  Saint  Margaret's Episcopal Church—the first black woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in the Southern Ohio Diocese, and one of only five nationwide at the time.  In 2012 she was the first to receive the Anna Julia Cooper Award by the Union of Black Episcopalians for her “literary boldness and leadership in the development of a womanist theology and discussing the complexities of Christian faith in African-American contexts." Essence magazine counts her “among this country’s most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers, and counselors."

She is widely published in national and international journals. Her other books include The Black Christ, What’s Faith Got to Do with It? (both from Orbis Books) as well as Black Bodies/Christian Souls, and Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant. She is also co-editor of Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection.


Book Details

What's Faith Got to Do with It?
Black Bodies/Christian Souls
Kelly Brown Douglas
notes, index
Douglas traces the roots of what she sees as a "heretical" tradition of an oppressive Christianity, but also vindicates the liberating, prophetic Christianity of her mother and grandmothers.
Explores a deeply troubling possibility: that something is terribly wrong at the core of Christianity because it has so readily provided "theological cover" for violence against black bodies and other injustices...On every page, readers will find reason to register either "Aha" or "Amen," and quite often both.
This is the book I've been waiting for - a fresh and probing look at the nature of black Christian ecclesiology and a doggedly articulate critique of the ways in which Christianity is both a bane and blessing in the lives of black folk.
Important and illuminating ...not only a significant monograph on race and religion, but a great companion for courses in systematic theology, history of Christian doctrine, black theology, womanist theology, and the African American religious experience.
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