Additional Materials

Then We’ll Sing a New Song

Additional Materials

Here is an outline of the book and links to miscellaneous but interesting additional materials that tie in with the book chapters. I always find things I wish I could have added to the book after it’s been published. You’ll find some of those here. If you see something that you think should be added here, please let me know in the comments.

CHAPTER 1: A MOST RELIGIOUS NATION

  • American Religiosity
    • Study cited by iWire finds belief in God varies around the world. However belief was much higher in the U.S. A., where 94% exhibited some belief in God, than most developed countries with large Protestant populations and fewer African influences.
    • Embrace the Supernatural: How Superstitions, Placebos and Rituals Help You to Achieve Your Goals from LifeHacker
    • More American Tailoring Religion to Fit Their Needs. Polls show American are drifting from clearly defined religious denominations
    • Taking Leave of Religion: A secular wind is blowing across America., while at the same time Americans seem to be becoming more spiritually inclined if less involved in denominational religious groups.
    • While the importance of religion continues to grow in the United States, this article in Britain’s Daily Mail suggests that by 2030 Britain will cease to be a Christian nation due to the march of secularization and the growth of other religious traditions, including Islam.
  • African Influences: A First Look
  • Atlantic Slave Trade
  • African Culture and Religiosity
  • Herskovits/Frazier Debate
  • Definitions of “Religion” and “Religious Activity”

CHAPTER 2: JESUS IS MY BOSOM FRIEND: THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN RELIGION

  • History of God Among European Americans
  • Enlightenment Religion
  • A Short History of Religion in America
  • Early African American Religiosity
  • First Great Awakening
  • Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God
  • Second Great Awakening
  • Africanism in American Religions

CHAPTER 3: AFRICAN CHRISTIANITY: KINGDOM OF KONGO

Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita, the Kongolese Saint Anthony

Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita, the Kongolese Saint Anthony

  • Kongolese History
  • Traditional Kongolese Religion
  • On-Going Prophecy in Africa and the Americas: Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita, The Kongolese Saint Anthony and her Antonian Movement
  • Conclusions

CHAPTER 4: THE DEAD ARE NOT DEAD

  • Creating an American Sensibility about the Dead
  • Death in Early America
  • Life, Death, and the Afterlife: The African Viewpoint
  • American Sensibilities Around Death, Dying and Burial
  • Spiritualism
    • Skeptics question John Edwards performances as a medium. Speaking with the dead continues and continues to be questioned. Edwards is one of the most celebrated of the contemporary mediums but skeptics continue to questions the legitimacy of his performances.
  • Conclusions

CHAPTER 5: CHILDREN OF ODUDUWA: THE OYO EMPIRE

  • History of the Yoruba
  • Cosmology
  • Yoruba Sacred Spaces
  • Possession Trance
  • Gender in Yoruba Society
  • Conclusion

CHAPTER 6: THEN WHY NOT EVERY MAN

  • God in Early America
  • Knowledge and Belief
  • Women and Religion
  • Witchcraft: The European View
  • Witchcraft: The African View
  • Witchcraft: The American View
  • Conclusion

CHAPTER 7: CHILDREN OF THE LEOPARD: KINGDOM OF DAHOMEY

  • History
  • Women in Dahomean Society
    • For more information about women in Dahomean society, explore the exhibit “Idia: The First Queen Mother of Benin” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Traditional Fon Religion
  • Prophecy, Divination and Religious Pragmatism
  • Conclusion

CHAPTER 8: THAT VOODOO THAT YOU DO

  • Superstition
    • Teen Girl Exorcism Squad: Three Arizona Girls Claim to Cast Out Demons
    • In Defense of Superstition. New York Times reports, “Magical thinking” offers psychological benefits that logic and science can’t always provide: namely, a sense of control and a sense of meaning.
  • Haitian Vodou
  • New Orleans Voudou
  • American Hoodoo
  • Thinking of Voodoo

CHAPTER 9: NEW AFRICAN BRANCHES

  • Santeria, A Contemporary African-Based Religion
  • African Influences on Contemporary Religious Experience
  • Praise House and Ring Dance
  • Pentecostalism
    • At the World’s Hottest Church: Is Pentecostalism the future of Christianity?
    • For years starting in the mid-1990s, millions from around the globe visited a humble church in Florida’s Panhandle for lively Pentecostal revival services where believers flocked on stage to be healed by God for cancer, addiction and broken hearts. Check out this New Your Time article on the Brownsville Revival.
  • Religious Intolerance
  • Conclusion

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