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African American Atheists and Political Liberation: A Study of the Sociocultural Dynamics of Faith

Michael Lackey


This study of atheist African American writers poses a substantive challenge to those who see atheism in despairing and nihilistic terms. The author argues that while most white atheists mourn the loss of faith, many black atheists — believing the “God-concept” spawns racism and oppression — consider the death of God a cause for personal and political hope. Focusing on a little-discussed aspect of African American literature, this analysis of African American atheists' treatment of God fills a huge gap in studies that consistently ignore their contributions. Examining how a belief in God and H ... More

Keywords: atheist, African American writers, God, racism, oppression, politics, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780813030357
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813030357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lackey, author
University of Minnesota, Morris