Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black Atheists: Sign of the Times?

By Christine A. Scheller

Black atheism is in the news again and we're wondering: Does this story represent a disturbing new trend or is it a rehash of old news?

African American Atheist might seem like an oxymoron to some people. After all, black Americans are among the most churchgoing folks in the nation. But for those who know the African American community is not a spiritual monolith, the existence of black atheists should come as no surprise. Nevertheless, the notion that there are African Americans who actually do not believe in God still has that “car wreck” quality to it that at once produces a bounty of incredulous rubberneckers. So there’s no wonder that a new article from The New York Times has got people talking. Here’s a roundup of some of the different opinions.

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