Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
African American Atheists and Political LiberationA Study of the Sociocultural Dynamics of Faith$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael Lackey

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030357

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030357.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 26 May 2022

Introduction African American Atheism

Introduction African American Atheism

A Cause for Hope

(p.1) Introduction African American Atheism
African American Atheists and Political Liberation

Michael Lackey

University Press of Florida

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

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .