Ethics That Matters
African, Caribbean, and African American Sources
Publication Year: 2011
In light of globalization, ongoing issues of race, gender, and class, and the rapidly changing roles of institutions, this volume asserts that Christian social ethics must be reframed completely. Three questions are at the heart of this vital inquiry: How can moral community flourish in a global context? What kinds of leadership do we need to nurture global moral community? How shall we construe social institutions and social movements for change in the twenty–first century?
The illustrious contributors include: Anthony B. Pinn, Katie G. Cannon, Noel Erksine, Jacob Olupona, Riggins R. Earl Jr., James H. Cone, Dwight N. Hopkins, Lewis V. Baldwin, Jonathan L. Walton, Rosetta E. Ross, Traci C. West, Melanie L. Harris, Victor Anderson, Emilie M. Townes, and Barbara A. Holmes.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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...Katie Geneva Cannon is the Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. In 1983 Cannon became the first African American woman to receive a PhD from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and was also the first African American woman to be ordained in the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She is the author or...
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Social ethicS iS deScriptive, analytical, and normative reflection upon the complex dimensions of social life. Ethicists are doing social ethics when-ever we describe and analyze our human experiences in social groups (race, ethnicity, gender, class) and systems (religious, educational, politi-cal, and economic) in order to propose norms that we hope will make ...
PART 1: Moral Dilemmas
Chapter 1: Maps of Meaning
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...one might think of the African Diaspora as drawn in, on, and through history, and in the process producing life maps.1 These life maps that constitute the African Diaspora are drawn to various scales—from the personal to the communal, from the national to the transnational. Each, in its own way, speaks to the nature and meaning of human ...
Chapter 2: Homecoming in the Hinterlands
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...in february 1982, i had the good fortune of representing the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America at the service of ordination and installation of the Reverend Mgbeke George Okore, the first woman ordained to the gospel ministry by a mainline denomination in Nigeria. Born in Mkpakpi, a village within the province of Arochukwu/...
Chapter 3: Women in Rastafari
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...the rootS of raStafari religion date back to the Great Revival Church of the 1860s in Jamaica. The Great Revival was a logical outgrowth of the Native Baptist Church, due to the preaching of African Ameri-cans, who started the Ethiopian Baptist Church in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1784. In fact, the first Christian preaching that most enslaved per-...
Chapter 4: Religious Pluralism in Africa
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...in thiS eSSay, i problematize the concept of religious pluralism in Africa as a trope for analyzing and interpreting sets of oral tradition called Ifa divination poetry. My objective is to examine Ifa divination poetry so as to uncover the way that this indigenous tradition understands reli-gious pluralism. I argue that the oral narratives of Africa’s triple reli-...
PART 2: Moral Community
Chapter 5: The American Constitution
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...for americanS, the u.S. Constitution symbolizes America’s social con-tract, but for black Americans it has been used paradoxically both to disempower and to empower them individually and collectively.1 The Constitution’s negative and positive references to blacks has produced in them despair on the one hand and hope on the other. By examining ...
Chapter 6: The Challenge of Race
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The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line. America must resolve the race problem, or this race problem will doom W. e. b. du boiS and Martin Luther King Jr. believed that there is no greater threat to the future existence of America than the problem of race. Both spent their lives challenging America to make real the prom-...
Chapter 7: Race, Religion, and the Race
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...one of the faScinating developments in the 2008 presidential election was the insertion of black religion and black theology into mainstream political discourse. On February 10, 2007, Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the White House. Shortly thereafter, the New York Times published an article that suggested that Mr. Obama was ...
PART 3: Moral Discourse
Chapter 8: “Who Is Their God?”
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Disturbed by the abysmal silence of the Christian church in the face of the screaming mob that confronted James Meredith at the University of Mississippi in the fall of 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. penned these the trumpet makes an uncertain sound. What is their hope if the trumpet makes no sound at all? I have traveled much of the length ...
Chapter 9: Onward, Christian Soldiers!
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...american chriStian broadcaSting iS a primary and productive cause toward the expansion of conservative evangelicalism. The cooling media of radio and television are particularly well suited for the clear-cut though bombastic, and creative though biblically literalist, presentations of the Protestant faith. This is cause for concern. Religious faith is often ...
Chapter 10: Overcoming Christianization
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...in her book Your Spirits Walk Beside Us, social historian Barbara Dianne Savage says the civil rights movement “with churches, church people, and church culture at its center was a powerful and startling departure from” conflicting perspectives about the relationship of religion and poli-tics among black Christians. Within the historical context of “decades of ...
Chapter 11: A Moral Epistemology
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We knoW that a man’s sexual violence against a woman is wrong. We also know that boyfriends and husbands should not shove, hit, kick, or in any way abuse their girlfriends and wives. But state laws and agencies, as well as religious institutions and nonprofit groups that specifically focus on intimate violence against women, rarely succeed in effectively ...
PART 4: Moral Vision
Chapter 12: An Ecowomanist Vision
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...in The SpiriTualiTy of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral Discourse,1 Peter J. Paris presents an overarching argument that an Afri-can and African American social ethic rests on the primary value of com-munity. In this essay, I use Paris’s reflection on the interconnectedness between self and community as well as African cosmology as a point ...
Chapter 13: An American Public Theology
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People in the twenty-first century will need to hear the gospel message. So, what do we do? Well, we reach out, past our own defensiveness, to see where God may lead us. And surely we delight in seeking new ways to speak, not fixed on the past, but on the unfolding future of God. In every age, the gospel is good at the end-of-the-tWentieth-century u.S. context, David Buttrick ...
Chapter 14: Walking on the Rimbones
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John strode across infinity where God sat upon his throne and looked off towards immensity and burning worlds dropped from his teeth. The sky beneath John’s tread crackled and flashed eternal lightning and thunder rolled Way off he heard crying, weeping, weeping and wailing—wailing like the last cry of Hope when she fled the earth. Where was the voice? He strained ...
Chapter 15: Still on the Journey
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For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to ...
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...the inSpiration and SometimeS source for these essays is the scholarship of Princeton Seminary’s emeritus professor of Christian social ethics Dr. Peter J. Paris. The important leadership of Dr. Paris as president of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion is matched by his contri-...
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Publication Year: 2011