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Introduction

Sarah Azaransky

in The Dream Is Freedom

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199744817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744817.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter sets out the main purposes of the book. It traces the development of Pauli Murray's democratic and theological criticism from the 1930s to the 1980s. Ranging from Murray's theologically rich democratic criticism of the 1930s to her democratically inflected sermons of the 1980s, this study proclaims Murray to be a significant 20th-century African American intellectual who grounded her calls for democratic transformation in Christian concepts of reconciliation and of the coming kingdom. While investigating her remarkable career and contributions to major political, social, and theological debates of her time, this book demonstrates how Murray articulated a theologically grounded democratic criticism that employs theological norms to interrogate democratic practices and democratic norms to interrogate religious practices. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Pauli Murray; African American women; democratic criticism; theological criticism

Chapter.  2834 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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