Comprehensive, Invaluable, Up-to-date are words used to describe Black Church Studies, a one volume resource for people attending or leading Black congregations and for readers exploring and studying the African American church. Eight chapters consider core topics. 1. Black Church History covers slave religion through African American denominations. 2. Black Biblical Studies focuses on Christian spirituality and social justice. 3. Black Theologies emphasizes experience and worldview. 4. The Black Church, Culture, and Society discusses class, gender, race, and sexuality. 5. African American Christian Social Ethics considers virtues. 6. Christian Education in the Black Tradition promotes theological practices. 7. Black Christian Worship as Nurture stresses God’s presence and activity in life; 8. Black Preaching Praxis stresses proclamation of the Word of revelation, empowerment, and justice. Authors include Stacey and Juan Floyd-Thomas, Vanderbilt Divinity School; Carol B. Duncan, Wilfrid Laurier University; Stephen G. Ray, Jr., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Nancy Lynne Westfield, Drew University Theological School.
Reviewed by Phyllis Wezeman