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Living the Intersection: Womanism and Afrocentrism in Theology

Living the Intersection

Womanism and Afrocentrism in Theology

Cheryl J. Sanders (Author)


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Womanism and Afrocentrism are the two most influential currents in contemporary African American culture. They both heighten black cultural self-awareness, even as they deepen knowledge of its historical sources. As womanism mines the ways and wisdom of African American women for Christian theology, so Afrocentricity excavates an African past to liberate the oppressed from Eurocentric worldviews.

Yet are the two compatible? What does the mostly male Afrocentric scholarship contribute to the survival, wholeness, and liberation of black women? In this volume social ethicist Cheryl Sanders and other leading womanist thinkers take the measure of the Afrocentric idea and explore the intricate relationship between Afrocentric and womanist perspectives in their lives and commitments. Their strong, frank assessments form a creative engagement of these two momentous streams.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800628529
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 192
  • Publication Date March 1, 1995

Table of Contents


    Kelly Brown Douglas and Cheryl J. Sanders


  1. We Have a Beautiful Mother: Womanist Musings on the Afrocentric Idea
    Cheryl Townsend Gilkes

  2. Afrocentrism and Male-Female Relations in Church and Society
    Delores S. Williams

  3. A Womanist Response to the Afrocentric Idea: Jarena Lee, Womanist Preacher
    Lorine L. Cummings

  4. To Reflect the Image of God: A Womanist Perspective on Right Relationship
    Kelly Brown Douglas


  5. Slavery as a Sacred Text: Witnessing in Dessa Rose
    Deborah E. McDowell

  6. Living in the Intersection of Womanism and Afrocentrism: Black Women Writers
    Youtha C. Hardman-Cromwell

  7. Black Women in Biblical Perspective: Resistance, Affirmation, and Empowerment
    Cheryl J. Sanders


  8. Teaching Womanist Theology
    Kelly Brown Douglas

  9. Afrocentric and Womanist Approaches to Theological Education
    Cheryl J. Sanders