This morning I was notified of the article, “This Ain’t It,” at urbanfaith.com. It is a reposting of my thoughts on African American syncretism that posted the day after the announcement of the pop star’s death: “The Gray Matter of African American Syncretism: Giving Honor to the King of Pop.” It was edited by urbanfaith.com from its original in order to seem up to date with current discussions about Jackson and the movie about him. A thank you goes to urbanfaith.com for their kindness. How wise of them to time a repost to correspond with the release of the movie.
NOTE: An outstanding resource to address the issue of African American Christian syncretism is Thabiti Anyabwile’s, The Decline of African American Theology: From Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity, InterVarsity, 2007. (Or the subtitle could easily have been, “From Biblical Faith to Syncretism.” ) It truly is a great read.