African American Female Mysticism: Nineteenth-Century by Joy R. Bostic

By Joy R. Bostic

African-American girl Mysticism: 19th Century non secular Activism is a vital book-length remedy of African-American girl mysticism. the first topics of this ebook are 3 icons of black girl spirituality and spiritual activism - Jarena Lee, Sojourner fact, and Rebecca Cox Jackson.

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Mystical experience, therefore, lends itself to what Verter referred to as a more diffuse accumulation, production, and exchange of religious and spiritual capital by those who do not hold positions of authority within religious institutions. Or for those who do have some status within the institution, but might otherwise be something of an outsider due to differences in gender, ideology, or social status. Elite male clerics, scholars, and administrators have historically served as the primary arbiters of whose and what experiences should be included as a part of the Western mystical tradition.

In other words, at the core of both mystical traditions is the belief in the profound union of God with humanity, which is a reflection of that essential, central Christian teaching of the incarnation—the symbolic (and maybe historical) enfleshment of God in the person of Christ. . ”77 While Houchins identifies the incarnational qualities of African American women’s mysticism almost exclusively with the Christian incarnation, other scholars have argued that incarnational theologies and worldviews resonate with religious practitioners across African diaspora cultures and religious ethnicities.

26 However, Bourdieu also argues that overt forms of violence within established structures of domination coexist with symbolic forms. Once a system of mechanisms has been constituted capable of objectively ensuring the reproduction of the established order by its own motion . . the dominant class have only to let the system they dominate take its own course in order to exercise their domination; but until such a system exists, they have to work directly, daily, personally, to produce and reproduce conditions of domination which are even then never entirely trustworthy.

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