Friday, May 18, 2012

Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels, Forthcoming Fall 2012

In Godless Americana, Sikivu Hutchinson challenges the myths behind Americana images of Mom, Apple pie, white picket fences, and racially segregated god-fearing Main Street USA.  In this timely essay collection, Hutchinson argues that the Christian evangelical backlash against Women’s rights, social justice, LGBT equality, and science threatens to turn back the clock on civil and human rights.  As a result of this climate, more people of color are exploring atheism, agnosticism, and freethought.  Godless Americana examines these trends, providing a groundbreaking analysis of faith and radical humanist politics in an era of racial, sexual, and religious warfare.    

“So much conversation regarding atheism and humanism gains no 
traction, and does little to push beyond areas of comfort and well 
worn arguments.  Sikivu Hutchinson's work offers an important 
corrective to this.  With clear and sharp insights, Hutchinson pushes 
readers to recognize and tackle the patterns of thought and action 
that limit any real ability to respond to issues of race, gender, and 
sexuality from a transformative and humanist perspective.  Read her 
work, but fasten your seat belt first!" 

 -- Anthony Pinn, author African American Humanist Principles and The End of God Talk: An African American Humanist Theology