From its first publication, Varieties was an ideal course textbook. It gives descriptive and analytical views of several African American religious practices. In the twentieth anniversary edition, Pinn highlights the groundbreaking nature of his comparative theological undertaking. Written before its time, Varieties still calls scholars of black religions towards greater comparative theological work – unchaining theology from its Christian trappings and reminding us of the deep sense of belief and meaning amidst various traditions of meaning-making among African Americans. The twentieth edition offers the special treat of situating the theological investigations of Varieties within Pinn’s larger humanist project. With succinct conviction, Pinn traces the development of one of the most radical and passionate movements in black theology – disrupting a divine transcendence and hope for liberation while embracing embodiment and struggle with a gritty pulse for justice for African Americans and all humanity. More than an introduction to African American religions, Varieties offers a portal to both the history and the future of African American religious thought.
Varieties of African American Religious Experience
Toward a Comparative Black Theology—20th Anniversary Edition
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