African American Atheists and Political Liberation: A Study by Michael Lackey

By Michael Lackey

This examine of atheist African American writers poses a sizeable problem to people who see atheism in despairing and nihilistic phrases. Lackey argues that whereas so much white atheists mourn the lack of religion, many black atheists--believing the “God-concept” spawns racism and oppression--consider the dying of God a reason for private and political hope. 

Focusing on a little-discussed element of African American literature, this full-length research of African American atheists’ therapy of God fills a big hole in reports that always forget about their contributions. interpreting how a trust in God and His “chosen humans” necessitates a politics of superiority and inferiority, Lackey implicitly considers the measure to which non secular religion is accountable for justifying oppression, even acts of actual and mental violence.
In their secular imaginative and prescient of social and political justice, black atheists argue that in simple terms whilst the tradition adopts and internalizes a very atheist politics--one in keeping with pluralism, tolerance, and freedom--will radical democracy be completed. Of basic curiosity to students of African American experiences, this quantity will also attract non secular students, philosophers, anthropologists, freethinkers, and non secular and secular humanists.

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Therefore, if she wants to do God’s will, she must submit, in all humility, to the dictates of her husband. While Forster and Larsen create characters who use the God concept to justify violence, oppression, and abuse, to critique the theological structure of mind, T. S. Eliot actually uses the God concept in order to justify banishing a particular group from the culture. Following the apostle Paul, Eliot asserts “the primacy of the supernatural over the natural life” (“Religion” 108). This supernatural/natural distinction necessitates two types of knowledge, which Eliot defines in terms of tradition and orthodoxy.

At a conscious level, the discourse is readily accessible to all who understand the sentences. However, these assertions, offensive as they are, do not concern Fanon and Redding very much. Rather, they are more concerned with the implicit function of the God concept and how it operates “on a level of subconsciousness” (Redding 138). This function relates to the believers’ spiritual epistemology. To know a spiritual being like God, one must be a spiritual being. It might seem that all people are composed of matter and spirit, which would imply that all “people” would have the inborn potential to know a spiritual reality.

This is an overt claim that all people can understand. On the subconscious level, whites, who possess a spiritual faculty of perception, can communicate with God, so they can determine (hence their intellectual agency) what God’s will is. As beings in communication with God, white folk are definers, not the defined. Conversely, blacks, who do not possess a spiritual faculty of perception, cannot communicate with God, so they cannot determine (hence their lack of intellectual agency) what God’s will is.

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