African Americans and the Christian Churches: 1619-1860 (Neale Jones)

African Americans and the Christian Churches: 1619-1860 (Neale Jones)

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Based on a lifetime of study and research, Lawrence Jones writes a comprehensive, compelling, and challenging discourse on the emergence of African American Christianity in America from 1619-1860. 

African Americans and the Christian Churches explores the strategies white church people devised to accommodate Jesus’ mandate to teach the gospel to the entire world, while preserving structures that continued dominance and power. Jones critiques solutions discovered by Africans in the gospel and institutions they created that affirmed them and contradicted the prejudices of the dominant culture; and explores the responses African religious institutions made to the gospel in a society not of their own making.


Lawrence Neale Jones (1921-2009) was dean emeritus of Howard University Divinity School and former dean of students, dean of faculty, and acting president of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He held degrees from the University of Chicago, the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, and Yale University. Jones was an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN 978-0-8298-1752-2