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Divine DiscontentThe Religious Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois$
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Jonathon S. Kahn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307894.001.0001

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Introduction: Divine Discontent as Religious Faith

Introduction: Divine Discontent as Religious Faith

(p.3) Introduction: Divine Discontent as Religious Faith
Divine Discontent

Jonathon S. Kahn (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins by introducing the heterodox nature of Du Bois's religious voice. Against David Levering Lewis, it argues that despite Du Bois's hostile comments against religion, Du Bois also speaks with a deeply religious register. Du Bois turns his discontent with religion and its affects on American democracy into a religious faith of his own making. The chapter presents five theses on Du Bois's religious imagination, which work to claim Du Bois as an African American pragmatic religious naturalist.

Keywords:   African American religion, democracy, heterodoxy, David Levering Lewis, pragmatism, religious naturalism

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