African American Religion

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THESIS: The observation shows the history of faith in the African Americans. An individual only has to examine the needs of the black church to understand that they have a long history in responding to the religious, educational, social, political and economic concerns and needs in the communities Since the arrival of African Americans in America, blacks have always had experience that differs amongst each other. African Americans have had to fake a character out of what has been passed to them as facts about their true selves. The African American church has served as one of the institutions that were formed in order to aid blacks culturally, spiritually and economically (Moyd). Through oppression and subjection many slaves found ways…show more content…
Because of slavery, black’s concept of God was totally different from the masters who enslaved them. White Christians saw God as a more spiritual savior, the reflection of God for blacks came in the struggle for freedom by blacks. The black theology ideas are old, nearly 400 years ago during the time of slavery African Americans sang spiritual hymns as their worked on the field of their masters, which can be seen as the birth of black liberation theology…show more content…
Pre-Civil War era, the black churches refused to accept the “white interpretation” of Christianity, and interpretation that had nothing to do with liberation, whites has no need to focus on liberation in their religion. The different experiences of whites and blacks in America can account for the disagreements in their interpretation of Christianity. The second cycle of the transformation of the black church happened after the civil war, during that historical event, African Americans became disinterested with the “white” interpretation of religion which centered on piety. During the third cycle, the African American church involved realignment with the ideas of liberation ideology due to a rise in black theology in African American churches
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