"Young leads readers through a labyrinth of Baldwin's most intimate yet public reflections on the America he knew through a life marked by the tensions between alienation and desire, foreclosure, and yearning. Like the subject of this volume, Young is incisive, somber, candid and loving as he extends Baldwin's vision that 'artists ... must tell the truth ... make a confession, and thus surface those dilemmas and secrets that have to do with who we truly are as human beings.' Moreover, he analyzes the virtues underlying such an expensive and fragile vision, associating Baldwin's aesthetic sensibilities with a rare yet desperately needed insight into the sacred." - Dianne M. Stewart, Associate Professor, Religion and African American Studies, Emory University, USA "Offering a rich and insightful study of America's most notable prophetic thinker, James Baldwin's Understanding of God breaks disciplinary boundaries by placing the works of James Arthur Baldwin within the theological contours of Africana religious studies. Young dares to explore the spatial dimensions of what Charles Long calls the 'extrachurch' and argues that it is within the joys and sorrows of black life, the lyricism of the blues, the extemporaneity of jazz, and the sensuality and love of humanity that we find James Baldwin's theology." - Tracey Elaine Hucks, James D. Vail III Professor and Chair of Africana Studies, Davidson College, USA
About the Author
Josiah U. Young III is Professor of Systematic Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, USA. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, USA.