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Honoring the AncestorsAn African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature$
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Donald H. Matthews

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199963997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199963997.001.0001

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A Theology of the Spirituals

A Theology of the Spirituals

The Spiritual as Postmodern Discourse

(p.47) Three A Theology of the Spirituals
Honoring the Ancestors

Donald H. Matthews

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the theology of the African American spirituals from a postmodern perspective. It considers how racism in the United States has caused African American religious interpretation to undergo a dialectical process, resulting in a distorted perception of African Americans by African American theologians and in a cultural-structural dialectic nature of African American religion. It also discusses the implicit meanings in black theology as found in the spirituals by relating them to questions of methodology in the interpretation of African American religion and culture.

Keywords:   African American spirituals, racism, United States, African Americans, African American religion, black theology, African American culture

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