[Social Teachings of the Black Church] (audio)

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Gammon Theological Seminary Centennial Convocation. Dr. Peter Paris, The Social Teachings of The Black Church. Tape 9 of 11


Peter J. Paris

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In this audio recording, Peter J. Paris gives a presentation on his book, “Social Teachings of the Black Church.” In the presentation he discusses power within the Black church. He also discusses the independence of the Black church and its communal power.

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00:00:04 Audio begins with Peter J. Paris thanking Dean Jones for the invitation and a discussion on his book “The Social Teachings of the Black Church”.

00:01:30 He talks about sections in the book including the chapter focusing on power and the understandings of power in the Black Church.

00:08:36 Talks about the Black church developing the moral life of the race.

00:09:01 Discusses how the experience of self-governance in Black church provided Blacks with the opportunity for basic citizenship and Black preacher embodying the tradition of independence.

00:10:32 Talks about how the independence of Black churches provided Blacks with the necessary conditions for freedom.

00:20:12 Discusses biblical anthropology and devotion to non-violence in the Black church.

00:32:53 Discusses communal power as a force that recognizes the potentiality of community.

00:46:44 Ends presentation.

00:47:09 Audio ends.


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