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Provides a nuanced examination of African American religious broadcasting that is certain to enrich understanding of this prevalent and pervasive form of popular and political culture

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Acknowledgments Prelude Invocation: Time to Tune In: The Phenomenon of African American Religious Broadcasting1 We Too Sing America: Racial Invisibility, Respectability, and the Roots of Black Religious Broadcasting2 Something Within: The Cultural Sources of Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II3 Standing on the Promises: Diversity and Change within Contemporary Black Christian Practices4 Come, Ye Disconsolate: The Ministry of Bishop T. D. Jakes5 We Are Soldiers! The Ministry of Bishop Eddie L. Long 6 Fill My Cup, Lord: The Ministry of Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar7 The Reasons Why We Sing: The Competing Rituals of Self-Affirmation and Social Accommodation8 Lift Every Voice: Authority, Ideology, and the Implications of Religious Broadcasting for the Black Church Benediction: Blest Be the Tie That Binds Notes Bibliography Index About the Author

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Jonathan L. Walton is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside.


"This book is the best work we have on the complex dynamics of the Black megachurch phenomenon. Walton is a brilliant cultural critic and courageous prophetic voice!" - Cornel West, Princeton University

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