New Faith: A Black Christian Woman's Guide to Reformation, Re-Creation, Rediscovery, Renaissance, Resurrection, and Revival

New Faith: A Black Christian Woman's Guide to Reformation, Re-Creation, Rediscovery, Renaissance, Resurrection, and Revival

New Faith: A Black Christian Woman's Guide to Reformation, Re-Creation, Rediscovery, Renaissance, Resurrection, and Revival

New Faith: A Black Christian Woman's Guide to Reformation, Re-Creation, Rediscovery, Renaissance, Resurrection, and Revival

Synopsis

Patterson argues that black women must possess "new faith" for their survival and future. This text is based on a womanist view of Jesus Christ and urges women to seek a better existence for themselves through two goals: eradicating unnecessary suffering and implementing corrective love. Patterson argues that unnecessary suffering is partly the result of mis-education by the historic church. It has taught black Christian women to suffer for the sake of their men, just as they are to suffer for Christ's sake. Further, she argues that corrective love remedies the madness induced by unnecessary suffering- helping black women to develop an intolerance for the negatives, such as sexism and racism, that historically have impeded them.

This text employs the theological passion of black womanism to identify and address the religious realities that underlie ersonal, familial, and societal maladies and dilemmas.

Patterson, a visible, energetic, and articulate author, facilitates a remarkably lucid and engaging discussion of religious issues for women in a practical and helpful manner that centers on relationships, self-regard, and relationship with God.

Excerpt

To the sisters sitting in the pews

Black Christian sisters, you’ve been silent far too long. It’s time to ask the difficult questions about church, the Bible, and even Jesus Christ. You’ve been still far too long. It’s time to press, pull, tug at all you’ve been taught about faith to see if it’s really true. You’ve been theologically naive far too long. It’s time to read for yourselves, interpret for yourselves, and think for yourselves about God. We’ve listened to what Anglo theologians have said and to what Black male theologians have said. Now it’s our turn. and you know, nobody can say it like us!

New Faith is the key that unlocks all that women should have known a long time ago about ourselves and what God is saying to us. Yes, God speaks to women powerfully and profoundly. New Faith will give you the courage to listen to what God is saying to you, too. I wrote this book because God spoke to me regarding the oppression of church women. God saw the depression, despair, and downheartedness in us despite our Sunday best. God saw the way church women lost their natural minds just to have a man, and God declared it was time for something new: a New Faith! a new way of understanding and relating to the same faithful, flawless God who has been our bridge over troubled water and our rock in the weary land.

New Faith streams forward nonstop. the more information one gathers, the further on she must move. Each chapter will propel you ahead as you meditate on God’s . . .

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