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The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology 1st Edition

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"The End of God-Talk is a major contribution to theological discourse by a leading interpreter of African American religion."-- James H. Cone, Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary


"Those studying theistic theology, and the older and more recent forms of atheism, will take great interest in this significant volume. It will also appeal to scholars concerned with problematizing the category of religion."--CHOICE


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Anthony Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, as well as Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies Think Tank. His areas of research include African American religious thought, religion and popular culture, constructive theologies, and African American religious aesthetics. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including What Is African American Religion? , Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought, and Understanding & Transforming the Black Church.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195340833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195340839
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian and Jewish religion is rapidly declining in America and Europe. As the Pew Research Foundation, Barnas, and Gallup point out, for those under 30, 60% do not believe that religion holds any value to them. They are called "nones" and them, the notion of god is dead, meaningless, and absurd. And yet, from a neuroscientific perspective (see for example, Newberg's book How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist) our brain appears to be hardwired to contemplate spiritual issues. This new book brilliantly argues that Christianity can survive quite well without adhering to the biblical notions of god, which the author correctly identifies as a concept that has lost universal meaning in contemporary society. The book makes an important contribution to religious discourse by showing how a worldly Jesus offers a better model for contemporary religion than the biblical concepts of God. By all means read the opening chapter by clicking on Amazon's "Look Inside" feature. Of course, if you are a deep believer in orthodox theology, this book will probably turn you off.
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...or money. This book is poorly written. Its ideas are unfocused and weak. No one should have to pay for something that could have been shaved and presented in a short article, or at least in a better way than it has been in The End of God-Talk. Very disappointed.
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