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Published: 28 July 2016

200 Pages


ISBN: 9780199362189

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Black Natural Law

Vincent W. Lloyd

  • Offers new ways of understanding the most prominent African American leaders, including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Presents a novel theory of African American religion and politics, showing how they are linked not just in practice but in the ideas of Black leaders
  • Shows how African American voices can contribute to, and disrupt, longstanding discussions in moral theology and political theory about natural law
  • Argues that Black politics - left, right, and center - is largely impotent, having forgotten the richest resources of the Black political tradition
  • Connects Black political organizing at the grassroots with Black religious and philosophical ideas
  • Enters into recent debates about secularism, linking the exclusion of religion from the public sphere to the exclusion of race from the public sphere
  • Offers a way to insert the African American experience into the burgeoning scholarly discussion about political theology

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