By Albert J. Raboteau
"A hearth within the Bones is greater than a heritage of black Christians: it's the compelling tale of the ways that black people have became to Christianity to explain their historical past and plight in the United States and to venture their imaginative and prescient of redemption to the higher kingdom . . . A needs to read." --Craig Steven Wilder, manhattan Newsday "A significant contribution . . . fantastically narrated." --Rembert Weakland, the hot York occasions ebook overview
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Clearly, converting slaves to Christianity could have more than spiritual implications, a possibility slaves were eager to explore. Methodists and Baptists backed away from these implications in the 1790s, but they had already taken a momentous step, and it proved to be irreversible. Thanks to the willingness of the Evangelical churches to license black men to exhort and preach, a significant group of black preachers had begun during the 1770s and 1780s to pastor their own people. Mainly Baptist, since the congregational independence of the Baptists gave them more leeway to preach than any other denomination, much of their ministry was informal and extraecclesial.
Ironically, the secret formula for mixing Optic White is known by one person in the factory, an old black janitor who works in a subbasement deep below the plant. The closely guarded secret lies in the exact calibration of ten black drops added to the paint base. If just the right amount is not added, the paint will turn out gray or brown, not Optic White. Similarly, the challenge of black history, ethnic history, and women's history is Page 7 not simply to furnish the additional drops necessary to continue the whitewash of our national experience.
Having reached Page 10 agreement in principle, the historian asks the believer, Why do Christians demonize the religious practices of others that at base seem so similar to their own? The believer turns to the historian and asks, Why do historians romanticize the religions of other cultures while reflecting bias toward the Christianity of their own? Ultimately, I believe that the historical journey helps to transform us by enabling us to understand the "others" and in understanding them come to a deeper understanding of ourselves.
A Fire in the Bones by Albert J. Raboteau