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Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois

Jonathon S. Kahn


Against the normative view of W. E. B. Du Bois as hostile to and uninterested in religion, this book argues that religion furnishes Du Bois writings with their distinctive moral vocabulary. Du Bois's work is a rich world of sermonic essays, jeremiads, biblical rhetoric, and prayers all of which are devoted to the overarching goal of fighting for the spiritual, political, and social conditions of those who “live within the Veil.” This book argues that Du Bois fashions his religious voice from two sources: African American religion and American pragmatism. Du Bois's religious voice draws on the ... More

Keywords: African American jeremiad, African American religion, democracy, W. E. B. Du Bois, jeremiad, natural piety, pragmatism, pragmatic religious naturalism, religious naturalism, religious heterodoxy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathon S. Kahn, author
Vassar College
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