Thursday, December 25, 2008
W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet (Politics and Culture in Modern America)
Ed Blum is a gracious person and excellent historian of American religion whose book is interesting and important. W.E.B. Du Bois, American Prophet provides more than an examination of the religious keywords within the massive corpus of Du Bois' output. It proposes that a religious ontology for racial reconciliation might be gleaned from this survey.
From the review: "Blum creates 'one of America's most profound religious thinkers,' a Du Bois whom Blum calls 'the nation's holy seer' and one of American history's 'brightest religious stars.' Within the writings of a man deemed irreligious by some, Blum finds "multiple religious selves": reformer, apostate, prophet, agnostic, and priest.
Read the full review here.