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God and Blackness This page intentionally left blank God and Blackness Race, Gender, and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church Andrea C. Abrams a NEW YORK UNIVERSIT Y PRESS New York and London NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS New York and London www.nyupress.org© 2014 by New York University All rights reserved References to Internet Websites (URLs) were accurate at the time of writing. Neither the author nor New York University Press is responsible for URLs that may have expired or changed since the manuscript was prepared. For Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data, please contact the Library of Congress. ISBN: 978-0-8147-0523-0 (cloth) ISBN: 978-0-8147-0524-7 (paper) New York University Press books are printed on acid-free paper, and their binding materials are chosen for strength and durability. We strive to use environmentally responsible suppliers and materials to the greatest extent possible in publishing our books. Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Also available as an ebook ...