Perseverance in the Parish?
Religious Attitudes from a Black Catholic Perspective
- Darren W. Davis, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
- Donald B. Pope-Davis, New Mexico State University
African American Catholics, though small in number and historically the targets of racial intolerance, are now the backbone of the church. The vast majority of African American Catholics do not perceive racial marginalization and intolerance in the church. African American Catholics are among the strongest religious identifiers in the church, while whites show a more fragile Catholic identity. The Catholic church may have finally overcome its racist past for the vast majority of African American Catholics, but serious concerns remain for white Catholics. Based on data from a national religion survey, this book explores religious attitudes from an African American Catholic perspective.Read more
- Challenges the current racist perceptions of the Catholic church, asking African American Catholics directly about their perceptions and experiences with racial intolerance and marginalization
- Presents an objective analysis of a critical issue facing the church
- Presents evidence that African American Catholics have a strong religious identity (stronger than white Catholics) and have various coping mechanisms to insulate them from negative racial experiences
23rd Oct 2017 by CarolWhite
This book has been long awaited in the Catholic Community, particularly the Black Catholic Community.
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- Date Published: August 2017
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108129213
- contains: 22 b/w illus. 16 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. African American Catholics and contradictions
2. The shaping of an African American Catholic identity
3. African American Catholics in the American religious context
4. Religious engagement, religiosity, and faithfulness
5. The importance of clergy and declining vocations
6. Perceptions of racial intolerance
7. Racial resentment among white Catholics
8. Conclusion. A new narrative.
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