Lately I have been reading through Thabiti Anyabwile’s fabulous book The Decline of African American Theology. It is a very well-written, well-researched piece of scholarship that has given me a whole new spin on black Christian history. I am so thankful to him for introducing readers like me to black theologians like Jupiter Hammon and Lemuel Haynes (the “black Puritan”).
Given the racist history of the United States, the black church has developed a
counter-narrative and history. Others outside the community are apparently not
fully aware of the vocabulary, metaphor and style of this sometimes problematic
and complicated milieu…