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Ethics in a Prophetic Mode

Ethics in a Prophetic Mode

Reflections of an Afro-Pentecostal Radical

Chapter:
(p.153) 9 Ethics in a Prophetic Mode
Source:
Afro-Pentecostalism
Author(s):
Leonard Lovett
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814797303.003.0009

In this chapter, the author uses the narrative mode of autobiography to reflect on theology and ethics by looking back over his long career as a Pentecostal scholar, churchman, and social activist. In particular, the author describes the dilemmas and challenges that he has experienced as an Afro-centric Pentecostal theologian-ethicist, as well as the conflict with colleagues who embrace other perspectives. After discussing the civil rights background of Afro-Pentecostal radicalism, he provides insight into the racial dynamics within the Pentecostal academy that have mirrored concerns found in other segments of Afro-Pentecostalism. He also considers how some Afro-Pentecostal scholars were able to help frame a response to the racism they encountered within the movement. Finally, he suggests the need to confront questions regarding the racial injustice still visible within the Pentecostal church and academy.

Keywords:   civil rights, radicalism, theology, ethics, autobiography, Pentecostal academy, Afro-Pentecostalism, racism, racial injustice

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