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An End to This Strife: The Politics of Gender in African American Churches

An End to This Strife

The Politics of Gender in African American Churches

Demetrius K. Williams (Author)


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Williams's important work argues that taking the New Testament and particularly Galatians 3:28 seriously should lead black churches to challenge sexism and racism not only in society at large but also in African American churches and denominational bodies. By addressing oppressive practices in African American and other churches, they remain true to the liberation principle of the Bible—the equality of all people before God—which has been used effectively by black churches.

His argument unfolds first through looking at the biblical text, especially the figure of Jesus and his ministry and how he broke the social barriers of his day. It then shows how African American Christians have historically appropriated this lens and legacy in their own religious and social experience and explains how this vision pertains to the state of black women in the churches today.

Williams's book will help all Christian churches reappropriate the biblical text and serve as a model for how the Bible can be responsibly employed in the churches and the public arena to promote equality for all people.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636371
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 232
  • Publication Date May 12, 2004

Table of Contents

    Part One: Early Christian Experience and Scripture
  1. Jesus, Paul, and a New Paradigm
  2. Scripture, Subjugation, and Silence

    Part Two: African American Religious Experience and the Appropriation of Scripture
  3. Proclamation, Protest, and a New Principle
  4. Pulpit, Power, and Prohibitions

    Part Three: African American Women's Religious Experience and the Witness of Scripture
  5. Vision, Envision, and Revision
  6. Women, Word, and Witness

    Conclusion: "We've Come This Far by Faith"
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