Defending Black Faith

Defending Black Faith

Answers to Tough Questions About African-American Christianity

by Craig S. Keener and Glenn Usry

Defending Black Faith
  • Length: 300 pages
  • Published: September 10, 1997
  • Item Code: 1995
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1995-9

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Craig Keener and Glenn Usry's highly acclaimed Black Man's Religion showed in impressive detail that Christianity and Afrocentricity can go together. Now they turn to specific, nitty-gritty questions put to the black church by non-Christians:

  • Is everything good in Christianity plagiarized from traditional African religions?
  • Isn't it intolerant to say Christ is the only way to God?
  • Is the Bible reliable?
  • What about criticisms of Christianity made by the Nation of Islam?

Keener and Usry meet these and other important questions head-on, providing responses relevant to and especially for black men and women.


1. A Black Religion: What Do You Say When Someone Claims That Christianity Is a White Religion?
2. What Do You Say When a Muslim Says Christians Were Proslavery?
3. What Do You Say When Others Complain That Christians Did Not Oppose the Slave Trade?
4. What Do You Say When Someone Claims That All Christian Doctrines Begin in Africa?
5. How Do We Answer the Nation of Islam?
6. How Do We Answer Orthodox Muslim Attacks on Christianity?
7. How Do We Answer Other Challenges to Christianity?
8. Are the Gospels Really True?
9. Why Does It Matter?

Closing Words

Appendix A: One Example of How the Bible Does Relate to Egyptian and Other Ancient Cultures

Appendix B: The Accuracy of Accounts in the Pentateuch



Craig S. Keener

Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. Some of his 12 books include . . . And Marries Another (Hendrickson), Paul, Women & Wives (Hendrickson) and several titles published by IVP. Three of his books have won Christianity Today book awards: his commentaries on Matthew, John and the background commentary. He has close to half a million books in print.

Visit Keener's website for more information.

Usry is senior pastor at Christian Outreach Church in Statesville, North Carolina.