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The ground has shifted : the future of the Black church in post-racial America / Walter Earl Fluker.

By: Fluker, Walter E, 1951- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Religion, race, and ethnicity: Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2016]Description: 1 online resource (xi, 313 pages.).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781479817016; 1479817015.Subject(s): Race relations -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Church and social problems -- United States | Post-racialismAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 277.3008996073 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
. From Frogbottom to a bucket of blood -- Haunted houses : Black churches and the ghost of post-racialism -- Cultural hauntings : Black church leadership and Barack Obama -- Turning from dilemma to diaspora -- Turning from exodus to exile -- Turning from the frying pan to the fire -- Just above our heads: a meditation from the middle -- Returning to the little house where we lived and made do -- Cultural asylums and the jungles they planted in them -- Waking up the dead.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

. From Frogbottom to a bucket of blood -- Haunted houses : Black churches and the ghost of post-racialism -- Cultural hauntings : Black church leadership and Barack Obama -- Turning from dilemma to diaspora -- Turning from exodus to exile -- Turning from the frying pan to the fire -- Just above our heads: a meditation from the middle -- Returning to the little house where we lived and made do -- Cultural asylums and the jungles they planted in them -- Waking up the dead.

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Since Barack Obama's election in 2008, Americans have witnessed increasing claims that the US is postracial, that racism and bigotry are essentially relics of the nation's past. This is the context in which Fluker (Boston Univ. School of Theology) examines the historical meaning and future work of African American churches. In beautiful, exacting prose, the author explains the national ground shift that has relegated antiracist struggle to a less prominent place in the life of 21st-century black churches. As Fluker acknowledges, claims of postracialism may not be factual, but they certainly function as if they are. Taking up the larger discussion of whether "the black church is dead" (in chapter 2, Fluker cites Eddie Glaude's 2010 essay by that title, published in the Huffington Post), the author argues that African American churches, although yet living, must reexamine their identity and mission by moving beyond the inherited symbols and languages of their origin to address contemporary challenges that define the social reality of African Americans. Fluker foregrounds classic themes such as exodus, diaspora, and exile to assess the social and theological quandaries that have shaped the past of African American Christianity and will inform its future. This is an important and perceptive contribution to the literature on religion and race. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. --Sylvester A. Johnson, Northwestern University

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