Back to the Future: Re-appropriating Religious Education—A Case Study Using the Black Church

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African American Studies | Arts and Humanities | Christian Denominations and Sects | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Sociology of Religion


The article suggests that Religious Education, in practice and as a field, will benefit by exploring the history and practice of Religious Education in the Black church. Using examples from the history, curriculum, and process of Religious Education in the historic Black church, the article argues that the Black church offers a dynamic educational example for religion scholars and religious educators. The importance of reinvigorating Religious Education in the Black church is discussed and recommendations for future practice are made.