1st Edition

Changing Conversations Cultural Analysis and Religious Reflection

Edited By Sheila Davaney, Dwight N. Hopkins Copyright 1996

    Changing Conversations defines the crucial role of cultural studies in the articulation and practice of religious studies disciplines. A decisive turn in the development of religious reflection, this volume seeks to redefine disciplinary self-understanding, and to promote religion as an integral component of cultural studies. Emphasizing a commitment to the marginalized perspectives--i.e. those communities lacking the resources to determine a new vision of society and so struggle to carve out their own space which more clearly embodies their own idiom, Changing Conversations presents insightful, authoritative contributions which show how religion is both embedded in and expressive of concrete social relationships and local realities. Featuring detailed cultural and political analyses, flavored with historical and feminist theory, Changing Conversations will inform every reader seeking to explore theology as a vital component of cultural studies.

    Introduction, Dwight N. Hopkins; Part 1 One Theory; Chapter 1 Mapping Theologies: An Historicist Guide to Contemporary Theology, Sheila Greeve Davaney; Chapter 2 Toward A Materialist Christian Social Criticism: Accommodation and Culture Reconsidered, Mary Mcclintock Fulkerson; Chapter 3 Transcendence and Material Culture, David Batstone; Chapter 4 The Post-Modern Location of Black Religion: Texts and Temporalities in Tension, James A. Noel; Chapter 5 Theology and Popular Culture, Kathryn Tanner; Part 2 Two Method; Chapter 6 Tracking Spirit: Theology As Cultural Critique in America, Mark Mcclain Taylor; Chapter 7 Passing on the Spark: A Womanist Perspective on Theology and Culture, Karen Baker-Fletcher; Chapter 8 Theological Method and Cultural Studies: Slave Religious Culture as a Heuristic, Dwight N. Hopkins; Part 3 Three Application; Chapter 9 The Recovery of Sacred Myth: Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, James Evans; Chapter 10 Liberation as Risky Business, Bill Smith; Chapter 11 Culture and Politics in Black and African Theologies, Edward P. Antonio; Chapter 12 Conclusion: Changing Conversations: Impetuses and Implications, Sheila Greeve Davaney;


    Dwight N. Hopkins, Sheila Greeve Davaney

    "This reader is a rich feast of little-known American religious delicacies often squeezed off the table by an older understanding of the proper menu. It brings together some of the best in recent scholarship and introduces its readers to just how wonderfully varied and complicated our story is." -- Nancy Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion at the Hartford Seminary, and co-editor of Work, Family, and Religion In American Culture (Routledge).
    "... timely and provocative ..."
    "Changing Conversations is a breakthrough in contemporary constructive theology." -- Journal of Religion