Political Melodies in the Pews?: The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first-Century Church (Hardback)
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Political Melodies in the Pews?: The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first-Century Church (Hardback)

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Hardback 132 Pages / Published: 27/09/2012
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The book explores the views that Christian theology is a theology of liberation and by means of this spiritual deliverance, an innovative, yet, revolutionary voice (Gospel hip hop) has emerged from the pews of the Sunday morning worship hour in the Black church. It is the author's contention that the emergence of Christian hip hop based ministries has taken on the role of a new liberating theological theme among youth within the Black community.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739172360
Number of pages: 132
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 235 x 157 x 16 mm


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In Political Melodies in the Pews?, Moody opens the door for us to examine an understudied subject, and he has raised poignant questions to consider. As Christian music continues to play an important role as part of the worship service in Black churches across the United States, studies such as these are important contributions to better understanding cultural practices within these and similar communities. * Journal of American Culture *
This is a wonderful reference for readers who seek clarity on the purpose of Christian hip-hop. Moody's own belief is made evident in the first pages and . . . is the book's driving force. * The Journal Of Religion *
David Moody examines the relationship between contemporary black Christian rap/hip hop and black liberation theology. This topic is fascinating to me and caused me to think "why didn't I think of that?!" It is interesting how he draws parallels between the themes in the lyrics of antebellum and postbellum black spirituals with the themes in contemporary black Christian hip hop rap songs. I believe Political Melodies in the Pews? is just the kind of scholarship to extend the current analyses regarding theology, popular culture, African American studies, and hip hop culture. -- Angela Nelson, Bowling Green State University
From the street demonstrations of the Civil Rights Movement, to the ideological struggles of black theology and black power, the black church has always sought a contemporary way in which to give voice to the meaning of the faith. With the rise of hip-hop as both a musical and cultural phenomenon the same issues arise; how do you present a changeless gospel to a fast- changing world. This book takes us into the world and work of black Christian rappers. Their melodies and methods may be different, but the intention is still focused on how to reach the masses. -- Marvin A. McMickle, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

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