Just Above My Head: James Baldwin's Quest for Belief
Literature & Theology
James Baldwin, belief
American Literature | English Language and Literature
The work of James Baldwin has suffered from much critical misunderstanding due largely to critics' dualistlic approach, which sets political concerns against spiritual ones, emphasizes only the former in Baldwin's work, and misses his complex examination of individual experience and responsibility. Rather than a dichotomous thinker, Baldwin is a dialectician who strives to respect the necessary vital tension between political reality and spiritual vision. ALthough he rails passionately against the sins of professed Christians and the institutuional church, has deep though troubled faith in God and in Christian ideals has gone all but unrecognized. This article discusses the twin spaces of Baldwin's relationship with Christianity, including his neglected Christian faith and his implicit theology.
Lynch, Michael F. (1997). Just Above My Head: James Baldwin's Quest for Belief. Literature & Theology 11(3), 284-298. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.kent.edu/engpubs/48
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