Hope on the Brink

Understanding the Emergence of Nihilism in Black America

By Lewis Brogdon

Hope on the Brink

paperback-logo

  • ISBN: 9781620327579
  • Pages: 106
  • Publication Date: 5/29/2013
  • Retail Price: $15.00
Web Price: $12.00
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM
Web Price: $12.00
ebook-logo

eBOOK

  • ISBN: 9781620327579
  • Format: epub
  • Publication Date: 5/29/2013
  • Retail Price: $15.00
Web Price: $12.00
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM
Web Price: $12.00
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM
 

*All eBooks are non-returnable

** Click here to review our ePub FAQ and policies.

Hope on the Brink

Understanding the Emergence of Nihilism in Black America

By Lewis Brogdon

paperback-logo

PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620327579
  • Pages: 106
  • Publication Date: 5/29/2013
  • Retail Price: $15.00
Web Price: $12.00
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM
ebook-logo

eBOOK

  • ISBN: 9781620327579
  • Format: epub
  • Publication Date: 5/29/2013
  • Retail Price: $15.00
Web Price: $12.00
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM
Web Price: $12.00
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM
 

*All eBooks are non-returnable

** Click here to review our ePub FAQ and policies.

About-

African Americans have always wrestled with hopelessness. Yet in the face of hopelessness, African Americans fought for hope that America can be a land of equality, opportunity, and justice. The fight for hope has been difficult and has taken a toll on African Americans. Today the signs of hopelessness abound in black communities across the nation as an increasing number of leaders express concern about a pervasive problem that they could not identify. Beyond the continuing injustices and inequities linked to systemic racism, they recognize a growing internal apathy in African Americans. This internal apathy is nihilism, the embrace of nothingness, meaninglessness, and internalized oppression. Nihilism has been slowly emerging since the 1980s and is the reason there is an increasing number of blacks who turn to defeating and destructive behaviors that only worsen their plight. In nihilism's wake, leaders and communities are left trying to help people who have turned on themselves and abandoned hope that things can get better.

The first step toward hope requires an understanding of hopelessness. Only then can we step into a world that pushes people to the brink and hope to make a difference. Hope on the Brink offers an exploration into this hopelessness.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"By weaving together complex ideas, from the history of Christian witness and modern theology to the struggle of Black folks to overcome the visceral pain of slavery and racism in America, Brogdon has laid the foundations for a comprehensive and passionate treatment of one of the greatest problems in Western culture, piercing the very heart of Black communities across the nation. . . . Hope on the Brink should become standard reading in seminaries, colleges, and universities across the nation."
--Johnny B. Hill, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Claflin University

"In this book, Lewis Brogdon explores the idea of nihilism with a nuance and depth that is sorely needed in the church today. . . . [A] truly fine piece of scholarship and ecclesial reflection on a significant issue."
--Stephen G. Ray, Jr., from the foreword

"This work is a vital read for those who desire to see the African American church and the communities we serve move out of the malaise that has captured us and kept us from thriving socially, spiritually, and economically. The hard issues and harsh realities tackled by Brogdon will not easily work themselves out nor go away. Moreover, it is encouraging to find a young man with the heart of both a pastor and a scholar who is willing to do the hard work to engage with honesty and clarity."
--Estrelda Alexander, President, William Seymour College

Contributors-

Lewis Brogdon

Bio(s)-

Dr. Lewis Brogdon currently works at Simmons College of Kentucky, a growing HBCU in Louisville, as the new Provost and Dean of the School of Religion. He formerly worked at Claflin University, an HBCU in Orangeburg South Carolina, as an Assistant Professor of Religion and Biblical Studies, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as an Assistant Professor of New Testament and Director of the Black Church Studies.



Dr. Brogdon has written numerous books such as No Longer a Slave But a Brother: An African American Reading of Paul’s Letter to Philemon (2013), The New Pentecostal Message? An Introduction to the Prosperity Movement (2015), and Dying to Lead: The Disturbing Trend of Clergy Suicide (2014), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is a sought out preacher, public speaker, and panelist that receives invitations to the White House, is a regular guest on Black Politics Today, and presents workshops at major conferences like the Hampton Ministers Conference at Hampton University and the Global 21 Congress in Jerusalem.

More from the Contributor(s)-

see all »

Our ImprintsExplore our different imprints . . .-

View Our Publishing Partners »
Explore our different imprints . . . View Our Publishing Partners »
© 2017 Wipf and Stock Publishers. All Rights Reserved.