African American religious life and the story of Nimrod by Anthony B. Pinn, Allen Dwight Callahan

By Anthony B. Pinn, Allen Dwight Callahan

From aid for racial discrimination to justification for fight opposed to the established order, the biblical textual content and its key figures have performed a well-known function within the improvement of non secular discourse on urgent socio-political issues.  Slavery and persevered discrimination got theological sanction in the course of the outdated testomony tale of Ham, yet what of his descendent Nimrod the hunter? African American non secular existence and the tale of Nimrod interrogates the character and which means of the biblical determine Nimrod's legacy for the youngsters of Africa, laying off mild on an interesting question:  for individuals of African descent is Nimrod well-known, or infamous? 

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These readings have rendered blackness, in terms of an idea that attaches ritual impurity and with respect to human persons as beings, antithetical to all things good and pleasing to God. Conversely, whiteness has been construed to represent the epitome of ritual purity not only in its ideal conception but also in the very embodiment of people who are culturally identified as white. So pervasive have such readings been that Christianity in its entirety is often conceived as an exclusively white religion, with black forms of Christianity viewed as inherently aberrant, if acknowledged at all.

What Frank Brown says in his discussion of the relationship between aesthetics and religion bears on this notion of Restraint as foundational within religion. ”9 Christians have traditionally understood this limitation on human creativity and imagination as a fundamental good—a way of protecting us from ourselves. But is this a necessary, or even the most appropriate, theological interpretation of Restraint? It appears to me that the concept of Restraint as God does not exercise this type of authority for the good of humanity.

2. Ibid. 3. Ibid. 4. , 23. 5. St. Augustine, City of God (New York: Modern Library, 1950), 527. 6. Stephen Gero, “The Legend of the Fourth Son of Noah,” Harvard Theological Review 73 (January–April 1980): 329. 1057/9780230610507 - African American Religious Life and the Story of Nimrod, Edited by Anthony B. com - licensed to University of South Florida - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-30 THE HUNTER AND THE GAME JAMES H. EVANS, JR. 7. Pseudo-Philo, in The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 2, ed. James H.

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