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Race, Religion, and the Continuing American Dilemma.

Lincoln, C. Eric

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ISBN 10: 0809080168 / ISBN 13: 9780809080168
Published by New York, Hill Wang, 1984
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First Edition, First Printing. Includes publisher promotion, laid in. -- Hardcover. Condition: very good (stain to bottom corner) in very good dust jacket (1-inch tear rear flap). -- Nice collector's copy, without ownership, remainder mark, or price-clip. ISBN 809080168. Bookseller Inventory # 12506

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Title: Race, Religion, and the Continuing American ...

Publisher: New York, Hill Wang

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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A classic work on religion and the racial problems of modern america -now brought up to date.

Since the early days of the Republic, Americans' exuberant, unchastened idealism, their commitment to the notion of a perfect society in the New World, has clashed with the reality of ugly American society, and religious groups have all too often accommodated themselves to these injustices.

In Race, Religion, and the Continuing American Dilemma, C. Eric Lincoln reevaluates what Gunnar Myrdal called "the American dilemma" and studies particularly the influence of the black church. This revised edition takes into account the weakening of welfare and affirmative action, and argues that the black church must serve today as a vital moral authority to lead us in to the twenty-first century..


Noted Duke religion professor C. Eric Lincoln examines the contradictions between the American religious ideals of love and brotherhood and the betrayal of those ideals by the white citizens who preach them the most, as well as the practical applications of those beliefs by the black church. "In the larger sense," he writes, "this is a book about America, a self-perceived 'nation under God....' In a more intimate sense, it is a perplexing American phenomenon: the strange rapprochement between church and society, which continues to embarrass the faith, vitiate the society, and saddle both with a burdensome dilemma that seems to persist despite the fervor of our religion." Picking up where Gunner Myrdal's classic An American Dilemma left off, Lincoln describes the liberation theology of African American Christianity--from the motherland to the Americas--and the history of its adherents' struggle for social democracy and justice; he also notes the help offered by equally progressive white congregations. He painfully recounts the late-20th-century assaults on black churches and the problem of police brutality, which he names "the Fuhrmanization of justice" after LAPD detective (and O.J. Simpson trial celebrity) Mark Fuhrman. Drawing from biblical heroes, Lincoln ultimately prophesizes that "racial reconciliation will require the sacrificial spirit of Abraham, the tenacity of Moses, the wisdom of Solomon, and the unshakable faith that being American is worth what it takes to save America from itself." --Eugene Holley Jr.

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