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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 38, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2018

Eboni Marshall Turman, Reggie Williams
Pages 21-31
DOI: 10.1353/sce.2018.0030

Life in the Body: African and African American Christian Ethics

African and African American Christian ethics comprises an assemblage of disciplines and traditions that address the embodied experiences of black people and provide moral guidance for life in community. Its progenitors helped to establish it as a field of ethical inquiry despite marginalization and hostility and in contrast to dominant ethical traditions that privilege concepts over encounters with embodied life. African and African American Christian ethics privileges embodied encounter as the location for determining a moral hermeneutic in order to recalibrate our understanding of communal relationships toward healthier norms, for the sake of the entire community’s survival and wholeness.