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the dangers that are inherent in philosophical thinking to Christian thought? Are not Christian beliefs open to public examination? Should not Christian thinking offer rational justification of its core beliefs? Indeed, asking such questions is a philosophical mode of inquiry. Granted that philosophy

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closest Christian friend, and we had open and honest discussions regarding Christianity as a belief system and its relationship to the African American experience and community. No aspects to Christianity stood outside the boundaries of our dialogues. I have publicly stated that a considerable amount of

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the ability to break this power. 1 frederick douglass∵ In this chapter, we explore the core beliefs of Christianity such as God, prayer, and Biblical Scriptures, through a comparison and contrast of the ancillary methods of philosophical investigation with those of theology. We take the responsibility

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inspiring undertaking. Thurman addresses some of the basic questions concerning Christian identity that so many of our Christian friends tackle today. What are the core beliefs of Christianity? How do biblical texts enter into the equation as a source for answers to locating the Jesus of faith and/or the

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major flood of global proportions. Not to mention the belief that Noah was Southeast Asian in origin. 13 We will demonstrate the current polemics about the white portrayal of Noah (in the Russell Crowe movie) misses the point that Noah is not a historical person and as a biblical character must remain

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ontological grounds for historical research and interpretation are solidly based on the rejection of fiction. Factually grounded evidence outweighs myths based on fictive accounts. However, when the past is entrusted on fictive accounts—with the concurrent belief about the unique moorings of theological

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the fight against racist historiography. For participants in the tradition, this crucial purpose of historical vindication, justified their belief that Biblical Scripture is a history book. 50 What is most significant is that this prior tradition—as vindicationist response to perceived racist

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John H. McClendon III

the dangers that are inherent in philosophical thinking to Christian thought? Are not Christian beliefs open to public examination? Should not Christian thinking offer rational justification of its core beliefs? Indeed, asking such questions is a philosophical mode of inquiry. Granted that philosophy

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John H. McClendon III

It has been our purpose, in each chapter, to clearly state our position—in conversation with Christianity as a belief system—and especially by asking the guiding question, ‘what is the value of Christianity for the African American community?’ That is to say the value of Christianity in all of its

Philosophy of Religion and the African American Experience

Conversations with My Christian Friends

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Most white philosophers of religion generally presume that philosophy of religion is based on what is a false universality; whereby the white/Western experience is paradigmatic of humanity at-large. The fact remains that Howard Thurman, James H. Cone and William R. Jones, among others, have produced a substantial amount of theological work quite worthy of consideration by philosophers of religion. Yet this corpus of thought is not reflected in the scholarly literature that constitutes the main body of philosophy of religion. Neglect and ignorance of African American Studies is widespread in the academy. By including chapters on Thurman, Cone and Jones, the present book functions as a corrective to this scholarly lacuna.