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On Being Black and Reformed: A New Perspective on the African-American Christian Experience Paperback – October 1, 2003
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This book needed to be written, and more importantly it needs to be read. -- ÂKeith A. Mathison, Ligonier Ministries
This book needed to be written, and more importantly it needs to be read. --ÃÂKeith A. Mathison, Ligonier Ministries
About the Author
Anthony J. Carter (M.A.B.S., Reformed Theological Seminary) is cofounder of the Black Alliance for Reformed Theology, its director of ministry, and editor of its online journal, Vinedresser. He is assistant pastor for preaching and teaching at Southwest Christian Fellowship, Atlanta.
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Been trying to have constructive dialogue with the powers that be with no success. They are married to the scales that cover there eyes (blind to their blindness!).
This book has helped me tremendously. It has put words to experiences and historical facts that will help fuel my continued perseverance in the work of cultural & ethnic reconciliation.
Anthony - I stand and applaud you!
Some may wonder what's so novel about that declaration. A careful reading of most modern presentations of Reformed theology exposes the truth that God's glory is always emphasized (rightly so), while the saints' comfort is often minimized (sadly so).
Reformation theology has historically offered great treatises on anthropology (human creation and God's design), hamartiology (human sin and depravity), and on soteriology (Christ's salvation and human deliverance). Historically, what has been lacking is a biblical sufferology--a theology of suffering that brings comfort to human misery, that brings hope to the hurting.
Throughout "On Being Black and Reformed" Carter's subtext reverberates. Reformed theology has much to offer African American Christians. And, African American Christians have much to offer Reformed theology. When separated from Reformed theology, African American Christians, according to Carter, are tempted toward a lower view of God, truth, and theology. When separated from African American Christianity, Reformed theology, according to Carter, is tempted toward a lower view of comfort, love, and contextual experience. Reformed theology and African American Christianity need each other equally.
Nowhere is this juxtaposition more clearly revealed than in the Reformed African American theological interpretation of American enslavement. How could a good and sovereign God allow an entire people group to be enslaved for centuries? African American pastors like Lemuel Haynes, Richard Allen, and Absalom Jones, and writers like Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, and Quobna Cugoano all offer the "Joseph Answer." "You meant evil against me, but God intended it for good." In God's affectionate sovereignty, He shepherds good from evil, He creates beauty from ashes.
Anthony Carter's retelling of this historical merging of African American Christian experience and Reformed theology is a gift to all people of all races.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians," and "Spiritual Friends."
But even more, I love the fact that this is one of those few books able to point out that Evangelical and Reformation orthodoxy was birthed and nurtured not in Europe, but in Africa. Christianity owes a great debt to those African saints who fought for the faith and were martyred so that we may know the truth. Origen, Athanasius, and the master theologian Augustine and many others all were Africans who were used powerfully by God to shape my faith. These men are among our spiritual fathers, and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. I owe them honor and respect, and each of us individually. I look forward some day in eternity greeting these great saints of God.
This book is a great recounting of how important the diversity of culture in evangelical faith is to both our history and our future.
It is painful to see so few blacks in the Reformed movement, but Carter shows this has not always been and does not have to always be. In fact, much of the black American experience should (and sometimes has) make them especially well-suited for a Reformed theological perspective. When this has failed to be the case, the blame lies with both whites and blacks. Both have neglected important elements of the Gospel, and the result has been a sad lack of a dynamic Reformed witness in the black community. Carter's critique is biting, but never angry or hurtful.
I bought four copies of this book. I think every seminarian, pastor, and church officer, at minimum, should read this.
(BTW -- As result of the footnotes in this book I bought two copies of Black Puritan, Black Republican, which was somewhat dissappointing and dry. It tells a great story, but 90% of it I could have gleaned forma book review or even the dust jacket).