The Social Teaching of the Black Churches

The Social Teaching of the Black Churches

The Social Teaching of the Black Churches

The Social Teaching of the Black Churches

Synopsis

In African American culture, the church is instrumental in establishing and maintaining social order. Professor Paris shows that a study of black church teachings reveals black social ethics. These ethics aren't "abstract moral principles, but sociopolitical quests for liberation and freedom."

Excerpt

This study offers a constructive interpretation in religious social ethics, based primarily on the official records of two selected black denominations that represent the oldest and most prominent institutional paradigms of Christianity in black America, namely, the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. After considerable study we have concluded that the social teaching of other black denominations in the Methodist and Baptist traditions—for example, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the National Baptist Convention of America, and the National Progressive Baptist Convention—does not differ appreciably from that of our selection. Hence, for our purposes, the respective black Baptist and Methodist traditions are analyzed as if they comprised two institutions. Accordingly, very little attention is given to the organizational differences within either tradition.

Usually one assumes that a study of two denominations will lead to the discovery of considerable differences between them. This has not been our experience in this inquiry. On the contrary, we have discovered no distinctive differences in the social thought of the respective black Baptist and Methodist denominations. Farther, since a similar plurality of perspectives exists within each, no adequate classification of the types of social teaching can be developed solely along denominational lines.

In this analysis particular importance is given to the presidential . . .

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