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Black and Not Baptist: Nonbelief and Freethought in the Black Community Paperback – August 29, 2003
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However, I found it to be lacking in it's most important area: nonbelief and freethought in the black community. I may have been expecting a different kind of book, and although the author makes it clear that getting black agnostics and atheists to speak out was akin to pulling teeth, as well as this book not being a comprehensive source, I felt that he should have spent more time getting those who did speak to talk more about how they function in a society that frowns upon their beliefs.
Instead, he spends more time talking about religion and it's negative effects on people of African descent in America and abroad, instead of actually talking about how the alternatives are creating a new image and idea of what it means to be black-with or without belief-in this everchanging world. It was extremely helpful to get the basics and an understanding of black religious beginnings and thought, but he only spoke about the three main western religions, with little to almost no mention of the indigenous religions that Africans brought with them to the New World, and their possibly negative affects on black people as well.
He doesn't get to the subject of nonbelievers until chapter 10, which by then your eyes and brain are so blurred by distracting and redundant statistics that you might find yourself close to believing that black atheists and agnostics really do not exist.Read more ›