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Black and Not Baptist: Nonbelief and Freethought in the Black Community Paperback – August 29, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595287891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595287895
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,397,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

My interest in black atheism is part of the inquisitiveness and curiosity that led to a journalism career. As part of the Black community, I?ve spent 30 years investigating or belonging to a variety of religions. My religious training comes from what I have read or experienced.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Danielle on March 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very enlightening, and insightful. It is helpful to anyone at all levels of belief, or non-belief, or for those just doing research on one of the least-discussed and taboo subjects of black culture in America. Kudos to Mr. Barbera for having the courage to write this kind of book.

However, I found it to be lacking in it's most important area: nonbelief and freethought in the black community. I may have been expecting a different kind of book, and although the author makes it clear that getting black agnostics and atheists to speak out was akin to pulling teeth, as well as this book not being a comprehensive source, I felt that he should have spent more time getting those who did speak to talk more about how they function in a society that frowns upon their beliefs.

Instead, he spends more time talking about religion and it's negative effects on people of African descent in America and abroad, instead of actually talking about how the alternatives are creating a new image and idea of what it means to be black-with or without belief-in this everchanging world. It was extremely helpful to get the basics and an understanding of black religious beginnings and thought, but he only spoke about the three main western religions, with little to almost no mention of the indigenous religions that Africans brought with them to the New World, and their possibly negative affects on black people as well.

He doesn't get to the subject of nonbelievers until chapter 10, which by then your eyes and brain are so blurred by distracting and redundant statistics that you might find yourself close to believing that black atheists and agnostics really do not exist.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on May 17, 2010
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Kudos to Mr Barbera for tackling a controversial subject. Black non-believers are part of the "minority's minority", so I'm sure gathering subject matter for this was very difficult. I partly agree with the previous reviewer as to the plodding statistics constantly being provided, but I'm not sure if it could have been handled in any other way. I hope that a book such as this will help unite other African American non believers to come forward. Take heart Mr. Barbera, there are definitely more than 3 black atheists "out there"! (referring to page 5).
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