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- Print Length: 282 pages
- Publisher: Infidel Books (June 3, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 3, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054E72OE
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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.
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
"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.
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.Read more ›
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Black Atheism is hardly known or written about. This is a welcome exploration of the subject.Published 10 days ago by csbrown
"Critically conscious humanism can be a path to liberation for all African Americans. For, how do LGBT black youth who have been told by “liberal/ progressive” Christians that “god... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Most "blacks" identify as religious, and a "belief in god" is often touted with pride among various cultures and ethnicities. Read morePublished 8 months ago by fastidious one
Highlighted some things I already knew but over all gives excellent so reasons for why black people need to put down the bible and embrace reasonPublished 9 months ago by Tamara
Sikivu Hutchinson has written a secular “bible” on the impact of religion on African Americans in the United States. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen Garst
(POV: Liberal white atheist who grew up in a low-income and majority black neighborhood.)
This is an excellent book aimed at the left-leaning non-black atheist or the... Read more
I see how the church is keeping blacks back. The literal interpretation of the bible causes black men to think that women must be submissive to them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Searcher