Pan-Africanism and African-American Liberation in a Postmodern World: A Review Essay
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
1999 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 333–358, Summer 1999
How to Cite
Gordon, L. R. (1999), Pan-Africanism and African-American Liberation in a Postmodern World: A Review Essay. Journal of Religious Ethics, 27: 333–358. doi: 10.1111/0384-9694.00020
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
- black theology;
- cultural diversity;
- public theology;
This review essay explores Josiah Young's project of developing a liberatory Pan-Africanism that is attuned to cultural diversity and Victor Anderson's advocacy of postmodern cultural criticism in African-American religious thought. After situating African-American religious thought as a branch of Africana thought, the author examines these two religious thinkers' work as an effort to forge a position on African-American religious thought—including its relation to theology—in an age where even theory is treated as a god that is about to die. At the conclusion, secularism emerges as a religious project that normatively undergirds the methodological dimensions of these works.