Introduction African American Atheism

Michael Lackey

in African American Atheists and Political Liberation

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030357
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039459 | DOI:
Introduction African American Atheism

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This book contains observations about belief in God and religious communities. It examines the atheist African American writers who challenged the God concept as a breeding ground for racism and oppression and who consider the death of God as offering personal and political hope among the often marginalized blacks. It focuses on how the belief in God and His “chosen people” often provided justification for impunity, racism, and oppression. The book examines to what degree religious faith is responsible for justifying oppression, politics of superiority and inferiority, and acts of physical and psychological violence. In the book, several African American atheist writers contend that only when the culture adopts and accepts a truly atheist politics, which is largely based in tolerance, freedom, pluralism, and freedom, can radical democracy be achieved.

Keywords: belief; religious communities; atheist politics; African American writers; God concept; racism; oppression; God; religious faith; superiority

Chapter.  6872 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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