By Albert J. Raboteau
"A fireplace within the Bones is greater than a background of black Christians: it's the compelling tale of the ways that black folks have became to Christianity to explain their heritage and plight in the US and to venture their imaginative and prescient of redemption to the larger state . . . A needs to read." --Craig Steven Wilder, manhattan Newsday "A significant contribution . . . fantastically narrated." --Rembert Weakland, the recent York instances ebook overview
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Afro-AmericansReligion. United StatesChurch history. Title. N4R24 1995 277-'08'08996073dc20 94-36887 CIP Page v TO MY FATHER Albert Jordy Raboteau 18991943 Page vii CONTENTS Preface ix Prologue Praying the ABCs: Reflections on Faith in History 1 Part I In Search of the Promised Land: African-American Religion and American Destiny 1. African-Americans, Exodus, and the American Israel 17 2. "Ethiopia Shall Soon Stretch Forth Her Hands": Black Destiny in Nineteenth-Century America 37 3. " Black Religion and Black Protest 57 Part II Under Their Own Vine and Fig Tree: The Black Church 4.
More and more slaves converted to Christianity under the dramatic preaching of Evangelical revivalists, especially Methodists and Baptists. The emotionalism of the revivals encouraged the outward expression of religious feeling, and the sight of black and white converts weeping, shouting, fainting, and moving in ecstatic trance became a familiar, if sensationalized, feature of the sacramental and camp meeting seasons. In Page 22 this heated atmosphere, slaves found a form of Christian worship that resembled the religious celebrations of their African heritage.
Don't steal your master's chickens. Don't steal your master's hawgs. Don't steal your master's meat. " Same old thing all the time. . Sometimes they would have church at his house. . They used to sing their songs in a whisper. . once or twice a week. 11 Inevitably, the slaves' Christianity contradicted that of their masters, for the slaves knew that no matter how sincerely religious a slaveowner might be, his Christianity was compatible with slavery, and theirs was not. The division went deep; it extended to the fundamental interpretation of the Bible.
A Fire in the Bones by Albert J. Raboteau