A Fire in the Bones by Albert J. Raboteau

By Albert J. Raboteau

"A fireplace within the Bones is greater than a background of black Christians: it's the compelling tale of the ways that black people have became to Christianity to explain their background and plight in the United States and to undertaking their imaginative and prescient of redemption to the better state . . . A needs to read." --Craig Steven Wilder, big apple Newsday "A significant contribution . . . fantastically narrated." --Rembert Weakland, the hot York instances ebook evaluate

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Slave preachers, exhorters, and church-appointed watchmen instructed their fellow slaves, nurtured their religious development, and brought them to conversion, in some cases without Page 25 the active involvement of white missionaries or masters at all. The spread of Baptist and Methodist Evangelicalism between 1770 and 1820 changed the religious complexion of the South by bringing unprecedented numbers of slaves into membership in the Church and by introducing even larger numbers to at least the rudiments of Christianity.

Canaan land is the land for me, And let God's saints come in. Slave spiritual In the encounter with European Christianity in its Protestant form in North America, enslaved Africans and their descendants were exposed to something new: a fully articulated ritual relationship with the Supreme Being, who was pictured in the book that the Christians called the Bible not just as the Creator and Ruler of the Cosmos, but as the God of History, a God who lifted up and cast down nations and peoples, a God whose sovereign will was directing all things toward an ultimate end, drawing good out of evil.

I also felt a vague unease about exhibiting something of my people for the enjoyment of white folks. I was troubled by his request, my uneasiness enhanced by a sense that spirituals belonged, not to our Roman Page x Catholic choir's public repertoire, but to a more private and meditative place, reflecting my people's distinctive identity, an identity that I already felt uncomfortable about exposing so far from home and family. I had never before felt so American and so un-American at the same time.

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