Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology & African American Folk Religion

Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology & African American Folk Religion by Dale P. Andrews epub pdf fb2

Title: Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology & African American Folk Religion
Author: Dale P. Andrews
ISBN10: 0664224296
ISBN13: 978-0664224295
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1 edition (November 30, 2002)
Language: English
Subcategory: Social Sciences
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Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology & African American Folk Religion by Dale P. Andrews


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The rift between black theology, with its social and political concerns, and black churches, with their emphases on pastoral care and piety, has been growing. Here, Dale Andrews offers a way to bridge this gap by redefining the paradigm of church as "refuge" in terms of a faith identity that brings together a concern for liberation with a pastoral focus on spirituality. This faith identity emerges from dominant biblical themes that shape preaching and pastoral care.

Andrews' insightful analysis of the gulf between black churches and black theology reveals the invasive influence of individualism in black religious life as well as the shared values for social change and care of the soul. Notably, it is this influence of individualism that has disrupted communal solidarity and brought about the neglect of liberation ethics within black church life. This practical theology will contribute greatly towards renewing the pastoral and prophetic ministry of black religious life.