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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Infidel Books (February 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057807186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578071862
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sikivu Hutchinson is a writer and senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. She received a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and has taught women's studies, cultural studies, urban studies and education at UCLA, the California Institute of the Arts and Western Washington University. She is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles (Lang, 2003) and Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars (Infidel Books, 2011), Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels (Infidel Books, 2013) and has published fiction, essays and critical theory in Social Text, California English, Black Agenda Report, Free Inquiry and the Humanist Magazine. She is the editor of blackfemlens.org and a senior fellow for the Institute for Humanist Studies.

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Very interesting topic and a very good read, gained a lot of insight from this book.
Lou Fenigro
It was great insight into how religion in the black community intersects with so many other social problems that we as African Americans face.
Vida Starr
Anyone who speaks directly about how class, ethnicity, gender, and religion intersect is speaking directly to me!
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Dan Barker on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was one of the first to buy Hutchinson's new book, and after reading it, we interviewed her on Freethought Radio. It is a wonderful book! Well, if I can use the word "wonderful" to describe a sometimes disturbing deep-and-wide look at how religion (especially Christianity) has harmed the African-American community, as well as a look at how to rise above such harm.

Sikivu is an amazing scholar and writer, with the courage to "betray her culture" (as some would see it) by renouncing the religion that gives so much comfort and identity to so many people. But she does it with grace, inviting readers to escape dogmatic dependency and embrace reason, science, and humanistic morality.

And she challenged me, one of the "leaders" in the freethought community (although every freethinker is a leader), to be more sensitive to the concerns of minorities. (I am a "minority" myself, as a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, but you can barely tell by looking. And although my tribe suffered tremendous upheaval, discrimination and persecution by the European Christian invaders, my current life is not affected to the same degree that the lives of the descendants of African-American slaves are still being affected.) Reading Hutchinson, I realize we need to be more concerned with the socio-economic issues with which people are struggling, not just the intellectual and state-church issues.

When I bought Moral Combat, I was expecting a nice treatise by a nice humanist woman, and I got that -- but so much more! Hutchinson is truly a scholar, well-read, portraying the broad historical and social landscape, illustrated with up-close tales of store-front churches and brave activism.

Dan Barker
Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Co-host of Freethought Radio
author of Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By carol p. on March 4, 2011
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Ms. Hutchinson clarifies how black women and children are particularly impacted by the insistance of their families and communities that they conform to belief in God and religious dogma, how black atheists are villified and the negative effects of such attitudes on any black person who dares to question the efficacy of religious beliefs. Ms. Hutchinson is unapologetic about her views. An enlightening read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donald R. Wright on March 24, 2011
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Informative. Inspirational. Politically relevant. A thorough intellectual critique of American culture, especially religion in the black community. It presents humanism as a vital means to our existence. Some books are a must read but this one goes beyond that requirement.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 17, 2011
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Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Value Wars by Sikivu Hutchinson

"Moral Combat" is an enlightening book about the current struggle of black humanist atheist beliefs from a feminist point of view. This informative 280-page book is composed of the following eight chapters: 1. "Out of the Closet": Black Atheists in Moral Combat, 2. This Far by Faith? Race traitors and Gender Apostates, 3. The Politics of Urban Religiosity, 4. Black Infidels: Secular Humanism and African American Social Thought, 5. Not Knocking on Heaven's Door, 6. In God We Trust: Whiteness and Public Morality, 7. The White Stuff: New Atheism and Its Discontents, and 8. The Road Ahead.

Positives:
1. Well researched, elegant and passionate prose.
2. I love books that provides me with a unique and new perspective on topics that I care about and this book does exactly that.
3. A book with conviction. Ms. Hutchinson provides compelling arguments for all her positions.
4. Great use of studies and well grounded references to back up her points.
5. This is the first book that makes it perfectly clear to me why African Americans embraced Christianity. With a number of well conceived explanations that hammers the point home. Bravo!
6. The key differences between black and white atheists.
7. An understanding of African American politics.
8. The courage to come out as an atheist in the black community.
9. The role of patriarchy and its impact.
10. The stranglehold of religion in the African American community.
11. Great wisdom throughout, "When the language of a given creed opposes human rights, no moral high ground can be claimed."
12. Religion and economics.
13. The dangers of faith based initiatives.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Seon Lewis (Spice Island Atheist) on April 30, 2011
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I did not come to atheism through reading any materials from any leading atheist, or humanist. I hail from a place (Grenada) that is almost 100% religious. In fact, I had never heard of an Atheist, black or white. My road to atheism was through the bizarre road of Afro-centrism, which, although condemn the Bible (as part of white supremacy) promote sexism, supernaturalism and hatred for any worldviews outside of that framework. Thus, although I was able to make it off this road, my atheistic views was narrowly built upon just condemning the Bible and white supremacy. However, Moral Combat has helped me to refine my own atheism. Sikivu Hutchinson has literally reconverted me, so to speak. She has laid out what it is to be a "real" atheist, humanist. Sikivu Hutchinson has laid out a solid framework that I, as a, black man, a Caribbean atheist, can expand my atheism thought processes, and it will certainly help you broaden your atheism views beyond your comfort zone. Indeed, Moral Combat is a breath of fresh air, and all people, especially black men and women all over the world, should read it.
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