Although it’s four years old, I just this week discovered this Religion Dispatches piece by fellow UNC alum Katie Lofton, while finalizing the syllabus for a course I’m teaching that includes a unit on African American religions. I’m very much in favor of her view.
At some point, we have to give it up. I know it will be hard. I know it will be sad. But sometime soon, hopefully very soon, we have to let go. Maybe a communal scrapbooking will help. Or perhaps someone can commission some sculpture. But no matter what, no matter how hard, we have got to consider the possibility that one of the more precious categories of religious classification is also one of our most pernicious. I speak today of “The Black Church.”