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The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness Hardcover – December 6, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (December 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814794467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814794463
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This contribution to the enduring subject of piety and protest in black theological discourse is of special importance because it is written from the vantage point of one who stands in the gap—a competent theologian with a pastoral vocation—validating his craft in the trenches of social justice advocacy and community transformation."-Cheryl J. Sanders,Howard University School of Divinity

"Refusing to be content with the piety or protest divide between the Black Church and Black Theology, Warnock argues with scholarly rigor and pastoral fire for a vital partnership between the two. As a dedicated pastor and astute theologian, Warnock persuasively argues for a fifth movement in the Black Christian tradition—a self-critical liberationist community that represents a public theology founded on the pietistic and liberationist dimensions of the Church. This is a must read for clergy, laity, and the academy."-Emilie M. Townes,Dean and Professor of Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

"Embodied in this book is the sharpness of mind of one with an earned Ph.D. in theological studies and the human compassion of a pastor of one of the major churches in the United States. Rarely, if at all, do we get to relish such combined matters of the head and heart. Moreover, this groundbreaking work is rooted in deep spirituality and progressive commitment to the Bible. The ponderings in these pages echo the insightful eyes of the prophetic mystic, Howard Thurman and the scholarly activism of Martin Luther King, Jr." -Dwight N. Hopkins,editor of The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology

“Raphael Warnock is known as one of the most brilliant orators of his generation. This excellent new book reveals him to be a brilliant scholar as well. It is the first major work to critically explore the `double-minded’ relationship between the social practice of black churches and the radical implications of their historical witness against the social oppression of the black masses.  Warnock’s path-breaking periodization of the social activism of the black church is a major contribution to understanding the role of black churches in this nation’s often stumbling march toward a racially just society. . . . The Divided Mind of the Black Church is a must read for every black pastor, theologian, scholar, and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the history and political culture of black churches and the expanding contours of black theological scholarship.”-Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.,author of The Universe Bends Toward Justice

"With historical detail and theological nuance, Raphael Warnock has provided an insightful treatment of the complex relationship between the institution of black churches and black theology. His call for a fifth, integrative moment in the expression of a liberationist faith—what he sees as the flowering of a self-critical liberationist community—is a bold and imaginative gesture from someone who occupies one of the most important pulpits in the world. With this book, Warnock has done a great service for black theology and for black churches."
-Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.,William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University

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The Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock serves as Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, Georgia). 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on April 1, 2014
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If you are a theologian, a minister, or a scholar, who is interested in the black church as far as the roles of piety and social transformation are concerned, you will enjoy The Divided Mind of the Black Church. It is a difficult read for a lay person because of the scholarly language and theoretical discussion. However, it did answer questions that had been bothering me for a long time: What should be the role of the black church in current society? What is black liberation theology and who are the historical proponents? Where does the civil rights movement figure in the discussion? Although I did get my answers, it was only after very laborious reading. This is serious people. It will require your full attention. After I finished, though, I was happy because I learned something.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. M. on December 20, 2013
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I was probably the first buyer of “The Divided Mind of the Black Church” on Amazon.com. I’ve read it through, but not as well as I want, and intend, to read it. For now, I highly recommend Dr. Warnock’s beautifully written dedication that follows the title page, “In honor of my wonderful parents…,” and his “Acknowledgements” on the pages that follow the Table of Contents. In the book as a whole, Dr. Warnock traces the history of the black church through five “moments” of black religious resistance to persecution and black commitment to freedom. The five moments he describes are: (# 1) black Liberationist Faith, (# 2) the black Liberationist Church, (# 3) the black Liberationist (i.e. the Civil Rights) Movement, (# 4) black Liberationist Theology (here Dr. Warnock mentions his teacher and mentor James Cone, the “Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology” at Union Theological School in New York. He also refers to “black womanist theology” and mentions Jacquelyn Grant of Atlanta, specifically her emphasis on “discipleship” in black churches, over and against an emphasis on “servanthood,” and (#5) the black “Self-Critical Liberationist Community," which Dr. Warnock characterizes as "the integrative moment“ for the black church. My first understanding of liberationist theology, some 20 years ago, was that wherever suffering human beings are found, Jesus is there to liberate them. On my initial hasty and often interrupted reading of “The Divided Mind of the Black Church,” I did not immediately see discipleship described or emphasized in Dr. Warnock’s “Fifth Moment,” but I am confident I will see that more clearly in future readings of all of his publications, and sermons.
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This is an excellent book that is a must read for any Christian who is concerned about social justice. Rev. Warnock's historical analysis of the black church is sharp and insightful. He highlights the black church's rich history, acknowledging it's invaluable achievements while yet respectfully critiquing it's shortcomings. For those who are serious about the black church and its future, this book should be in your collection.
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This book was both enlightening and rigorous. Dr. Warnock was able to brilliantly recreate his dissertation into a novel that is readily understood by all interested stakeholders. Being both a social justice advocate and pastor Rev. Warnock has found his calling and is a true blessing for marginalized individuals.
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