Author Albert Raboteau’s book will find a place in any American religious history canon. Raboteau, being an African American himself, was able to bring out the compassion and earnestness in his cause – which is to bring to light the plight and travails of enslaved Black Americans from a religious perspective. The book is written in such a tone that it opens more profound levels of understanding and appreciation for the reader. In this way, the book is a piece of art as well as a document of history. The book succeeds in taking the reader to the original setting and milieu that forms its background. More importantly, the book adopts simple prose style that appeals to readers from all walks of life. The rest of the essay will be a summary of the central points in the book.
The book takes the form of Raboteau’s responses to some of the reactions he had experienced over the years. In line with his literary mentor Sydney Ahlstrom’s anticipation, the . . . Read More
Wicca is another name for the presently surviving Pagan religious cult, also sometimes referred to as the neo-pagan religion. It has been brought to public awareness in recent times by a retired British civil servant called Gerald Gardner. The last fifty years or so has seen an increased following for this religion due to its equal treatment of both genders and its natural appeal. Wiccans worship “the sacred as immanent in nature, drawing much of . . . Read More
Right from the publication of his first major work “The Selfish Gene Theory”, Richard Dawkins is never free of controversy. While Dawkins is impeccable as a scholar and an academic, most of his detractors are from the religious and conservative sections of the population. Over the years, Dawkins’ works on evolutionary biology have drawn equally vociferous applause and protest. The last in the sequence of his seminal works is “The God Delusion”. In this book, Dawkins strings . . . Read More
Sufism in India today is strongly linked to Imam Ahmed Raza Khan. In a way he was instrumental in the flourishing of Sufism and Sunnism. The Imam, who lived during the 14th century, tried to integrate orthodox Islamic values within the contemporary society. He explicated to his disciples such values as “the noble qualities of the beloved Prophet Muhammad, the permissibility or otherwise of the intercession of deceased ‘Saints’ (Pirs), or the . . . Read More