Social Justice: Social Gospel?

VOL 20; ISSUE 5

09/01/2011

Articles

Analyzing the Social Political Activism of the Black Church in Light of the Two-Kingdoms Motif

Thursday, 01 Sep 2011

As an institution, the church is distinct from any institution or organization of human origin; it is the embassy of the kingdom of heaven, and its agenda is a heavenly one.
Let me begin by attempting to explain what I mean by "the black church" as it will be used in this article. Throughout, what I will be referring to is that entity, regardless of denomination or theological underpinning, that defines its purpose according to the ethos and pathos of the first black congregations in the late 1700s. These first separate black congregations were the result of ill treatment in white churches and society at large. As C. Eric Lincoln has observed, "Black religion takes its origins not from established religion in America but from the black ...

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