The Faith of Black Politics: The Relationship Between Black Religious and Political Beliefs

Eric L. McDaniel, Maraam A. Dwidar, Hadill Calderon

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Abstract

Scholars argue that the Black church produces religious messages that foster racial cohesion; however, recent examinations of Black religion note the heterogeneity of the messages and beliefs advanced by Black churches. Several argue that this heterogeneity in Black religious beliefs is reflected in Black political beliefs. This study examines the linkage between heterogeneity in Black religious beliefs and heterogeneity in Black political attitudes. Offering measures of the social gospel, prosperity gospel, and Black theology, we demonstrate that each religious belief system is related to different aspects of Black public opinion. The social gospel is linked to continuing the legacy of the civil rights movement, while the prosperity gospel is associated with a departure from its legacy. Meanwhile, Black theology is linked to racial empowerment and extending the boundaries of Black politics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-283
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Black Studies
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • measurement
  • politics
  • public opinion
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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