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Prosperity preachers are using Trump to sell themselves.

Last weekend, Donald Trump paid a visit to Great Faith Ministries International, the home base of Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, a Detroit prosperity preacher. There, Trump enjoyed Jackson’s adulation, and earned his endorsement. At a crucial point in the service, Jackson declared, “I prayed over this prayer shawl and I fasted” as he draped a …

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Black evangelicals

The History of Black Evangelicals and American Evangelicalism

Dr. Anthea Butler of the University of Pennsylvania presents “A ‘New’ History of Evangelicalism—Black Evangelicals and American Evangelicalism” Part of the Obsidian Society Paper Session at the 40th Anniversary Celebration and Dedication of the William E. Panell Center for African American Church Studies. The influence of William E. “Bill” Pannell in global evangelicalism is vast …

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Racist God

AMERICA’S RACIST GOD

The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has me thinking a lot about a book I first encountered in seminary, Is God a White Racist?, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. As a budding seminary student, it took me by surprise. Now, as a wiser, older professor looking at the needless death of …

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The Roots

Watching the new ‘Roots’ to learn more about slavery.

The new version of “Roots” that aired this past week was an important reminder of the degradation and brutality experienced by enslaved Africans in America. While the violence, rape and murders depicted in “Roots” shocked many viewers, the graphic miniseries helped underscore the real costs of slavery, the humanity of the enslaved and the depravity …

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Angela Davis

What it means to be an intellectual in the digital age

In an hour-long conversation, CUNY Graduate Center Provost Chase F. Robinson and Professor Anthea Butler discuss what it means to be an intellectual in the digital age, how this is changing scholarship, and what it all means for higher education.