The End of God-Talk

The End of God-Talk : An African American Humanist Theology

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In this groundbreaking study, Anthony B. Pinn challenges the long held assumption that African American theology is solely theist, arguing that this assumption has stunted African American theological discourse and excluded a rapidly growing segment of the African American population - non-theists. Rejecting the assumption of theism as the African American orientation, Pinn poses a crucial question: What is a non-theistic theology? The End of God-Talk outlines the first systematic African American non-theistic theology. Pinn offers a new center for theological inquiry, grounded in a more scientific notion of the human than the imago Dei ideas that dominates African American theistic theologies. He proposes a turn to Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Walker in order to effect a sense of ethical conduct consistent with African American non-theistic humanism. The End of God-Talk ends with an exploration of the religious significance of ordinary spaces and activities as settings for humanist theological engagement.
Through a turn to embodied human life as the proper arena and content of theologizing, Pinn opens up a new theological path with important implications for ongoing work in African American religious studies.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 12.7mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195340825
  • 9780195340822

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Note on Terminology ; Introduction ; Chapter One: The Ordinary as Theological Source Material ; Chapter Two: Community as Centering Category ; Chapter Three: The Humanist Human - Self, Subject, Subjectivity ; Chapter Four: On Theologizing Symmetry ; Chapter Five: African American Humanist Ethics ; Chapter Six: Humanist Celebration and the Ritualizing of Life ; Conclusion: Theologizing at the End of God-Talk ; Bibliography
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About Anthony B. Pinn

Anthony Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, as well as Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies Think Tank. His areas of research include African American religious thought, religion and popular culture, constructive theologies, and African American religious aesthetics. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including What Is African
American Religion?, Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought, and Understanding & Transforming the Black Church.
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The End of God-Talk is a major contribution to theological discourse by a leading interpreter of African American religion. * James H. Cone, Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary *
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