The Black Church and Public Policy: Retrospect and Prospect
Public theology and engagement have characterized African American Christianity and its institutional face, the Black church, virtually from the first gatherings of Black Christians in the Western hemisphere. Christian faith intersected with public issues from the first recognition of the tension between biblical stories of freedom and the racial conventions of slavery, segregation, and discrimination. When one reads the sermons, speeches, addresses, and writings of African American Christians in any era, public theology is at work. Even when Black Christians seemingly eschewed public engagement of the forces of oppression, they did so in full recognition of their existence. Even to be otherworldly was to acknowledge that something was profoundly wrong with this world.
KeywordsPublic Engagement Black Church African American Church Moral Suasion Corporate Dimension
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