By Albert J. Raboteau
"A fireplace within the Bones is greater than a heritage of black Christians: it's the compelling tale of the ways that black people have grew to become to Christianity to explain their background and plight in the United States and to venture their imaginative and prescient of redemption to the larger state . . . A needs to read." --Craig Steven Wilder, ny Newsday "A significant contribution . . . fantastically narrated." --Rembert Weakland, the hot York instances booklet evaluate
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Some of these black congregations were independent to the extent that they called their own pastors and officers, joined local associations with white churches, and sent their own delegates to associational meetings. This early independence of black preachers and churches was curtailed during the antebellum period, particularly in reaction to slave conspiracies, when all gatherings of blacks for whatever purpose were viewed with alarm. For slaves to participate in the organization, leadership, and governance of church structures was perceived as dangerous.
Both answer to the basic human drive for order. 3 Of course, the problem for the believer, and the historian as well, lies precisely in "reading the signs of the times," to put it in Christian terms. The history of history and the history of Christianity are replete with divergent and conflicting explanations of what events really mean. Examples spring readily to mind. " Or consider the more timely controversy over the sooth anniversary of Cristóbal Colón's fateful landfall on an island called Guanahani by its Arawak inhabitants and San Salvador by the admiral.
Drew upon in enunciating the concept of redemptive suffering. '' 9 In this historical reading, the black American experience represented the experience of those who suffer anywhere. The historian as historian remains agnostic about such claimsthey cannot be validated or invalidated by historical research. And yet, I, as historian and believer, cannot but hope that our history is touched by the providence of God. Faced with the mystery of discerning God's design in history, I find myself returning to the company of those former slave children, praying their ABCs.
A Fire in the Bones by Albert J. Raboteau