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by Don Barbera

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Author:
Don Barbera
ISBN13:
978-0595287895
ISBN:
0595287891
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Publisher:
iUniverse, Inc. (August 29, 2003)
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Subcategory:
New Age & Spirituality
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1175 kb
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Rating:
4.7
Votes:
530

Black and Not Baptist book.

Black and Not Baptist book. Until now, any hints of atheism or freethought in the African American community have remained virtually invisible, camouflaged by indignant denial and indistinct expressions, such as secularist, nontheist, skeptic or humanist among others which help conceal clear atheistic, agnostic or freethought connections which are certainly not conventional and clearly go against black mainstream thinking. Start by marking Black and Not Baptist: Nonbelief and Freethought in the Black Community as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

Nonbelief and Freethought in the Black Community. Publication Date : 8/29/2003. Any hint of atheism or freethought in the African American community remain virtually invisible, camouflaged by indignant denial and indistinct expressions, which help conceal clear atheistic, agnostic or freethought connections.

book by Donald R. Barbera. Known only to each other, they walk among us, invisible and undetected. Now, the secret is out! Atheists exist in the African American community. In the African American community there is an unspoken rule to never air dirty laundry in public, and for years the inner workings of the black community stayed hidden beneath a veil of dark silence, but with integration came a mingling of the races and now few secrets remain

Argument from nonbelief. The argument from reasonable nonbelief (or the argument from divine hiddenness) was first elaborated in J. L. Schellenberg's 1993 book Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason

Argument from nonbelief. Argument for atheism, articulating an incompatibility between the existence of a god and a world which has unbelievers. Schellenberg's 1993 book Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason. This argument says that if God existed (and was perfectly good and loving) every reasonable person would have been brought to believe in God; however, there are reasonable nonbelievers; therefore, this God does not exist.

Black women are the single most religious demographic in the United States, yet they are among the poorest .

Black women are the single most religious demographic in the United States, yet they are among the poorest, least educated, and least healthy groups in the nation. Despite more than 90% of African Americans claiming Christianity, Black and Not Baptist explores how there is a signicant chasm between belief and behavior with a searing look at the statistics for adultery, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, gambling and other social problems in both the white and black communities. The Black Humanist Experience: An Alternative to Religion, " by Norman Allen (2002)!

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Black Churches and Local Politics: Clergy Influence, Organizational Partnerships, and Civic Empowerment. Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church. Rowman & Littlefield. Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion. Larry Eugene Rivers; Canter Brown, J. .Laborers in the Vineyard of the Lord: The Beginnings of the AME Church in Florida, 1865-1895. University Press of Florida. by Donald R. Published August 30, 2003 by iUniverse.

Known only to each other, they walk among us, invisible and undetected. Now, the secret is out! Atheists exist in the African American community. In the African American community there is an unspoken rule to never air dirty laundry in public, and for years the inner workings of the black community stayed hidden beneath a veil of dark silence, but with integration came a mingling of the races and now few secrets remain. Now, there is one there is one less. Not only do black nonbelievers exist, they walk unnoticed among the "true-believers" along with a host of other religious skeptics and freethinkers. Any hint of atheism or freethought in the African American community remain virtually invisible, camouflaged by indignant denial and indistinct expressions, which help conceal clear atheistic, agnostic or freethought connections . Despite more than 90% of African Americans claiming Christianity, Black and Not Baptist explores how there is a significant chasm between belief and behavior with a searing look at the statistics for adultery, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, gambling and other social problems in both the white and black communities. In the manner of Norm Allen's African American Humanism: An Anthology, Black and Not Baptist exposes another side of the black religious experience with the individual stories of black atheists and agnostics, including a historical and current listing of black freethinkers and nonbelievers similar to Warren Allen Smith's Who's Who in Hell.
  • Kudos to Mr Barbera for tackling a controversial subject. Black non-believers are part of the "minority's minority", so I'm sure gathering subject matter for this was very difficult. I partly agree with the previous reviewer as to the plodding statistics constantly being provided, but I'm not sure if it could have been handled in any other way. I hope that a book such as this will help unite other African American non believers to come forward. Take heart Mr. Barbera, there are definitely more than 3 black atheists "out there"! (referring to page 5).

  • It is helpful to anyone at all levels of belief, or non-belief, or for those just doing research on one of the least-discussed and taboo subjects of black culture in America. Kudos to Mr. Barbera for having the courage to write this kind of book.

    While insightful, I found it to be lacking in its most important area: nonbelief and freethought in the black community. I may have been expecting a different kind of book. The author described writing this book as extremely challenging in terms of interviewing willing participants and admitted to not being a comprehensive source.

    Instead, of going deep with his interviewees, he spends more time talking about religion and it's negative effects on people of African descent in America and abroad, instead of actually talking about how the alternatives are creating a new image and idea of what it means to be black-with or without belief-in this everchanging world. It was extremely helpful to get the basics and an understanding of black religious beginnings and thought, but he only spoke about the three main western religions, with little to almost no mention of the indigenous religions that Africans brought with them to the New World, and their possibly negative affects (such as Islam's practice of Female Genital Mutilation)

    He doesn't get to the subject of nonbelievers until chapter 10, which by then your eyes and brain are so blurred by distracting and redundant statistics that you might find yourself close to believing that black atheists and agnostics really do not exist. The disappointing part is having to reread quotes found in other parts of the book, and reading personal essays that lacked the responses only someone with a background in journalism can pull from their subject.

    Perhaps it was a reluctance on the author's part to ask the questions he really wanted to, or a lack of real experience on the participants side, most of whom remain secret about their nonbelief. Either way, I was left with a void that will have to be filled by my own research, and maybe a book of my own (wink).

    The book is not well edited and can be frustrating to read at times. While I commend anyone who takes on that extra responsibility for the sake of their art, it would behoove all of you to hire competent proofreaders and editors. I am tired of reading works-fiction and nonfiction-where the authors and editors have not taken the time to proofread. it weekns the qualiyt of yor werk