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African American Atheists and Political LiberationA Study of the Sociocultural Dynamics of Faith$
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Michael Lackey

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030357

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030357.001.0001

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Conclusion Black Liberation Antitheology

Conclusion Black Liberation Antitheology

An Atheist Manifesto

(p.142) Conclusion Black Liberation Antitheology
African American Atheists and Political Liberation

Michael Lackey

University Press of Florida

God can be whatever the dominant culture needs it to be. God could be a figure that supports a political view in which slaves must be obedient to their masters, a figure that rejects slavery, a concept that sanctions genocide, a concept that denounces violence, an idea that supports gender equality, or a concept that supports unification or separation of races to keep the purity of races. In short, the God concept is simultaneously nothing and everything, a concept that ultimately sanctions an “anything goes” philosophy. Since African Americans were often the victims instead of being the beneficiaries of the God-concept, they often produce some of the most insightful work on the deadly and destructive socio-political functions of theological thought. This chapter concludes that while the atheists in this study ultimately do not endorse abolishing the God concept or religion, they do suggest that there is ample evidence that the God concept cannot bring about positive social transformation for all people.

Keywords:   God, God concept, African Americans, theological thought, atheists, religion, social transformation

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