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date: 20 March 2019

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African Americans are considered one of the most religious peoples in the world. Scholars have explored African American religiosity and church life as well as the religious and social significance of African American churches. Black churches have often been described as spiritual springboards, refuges, and social resources. Moreover, certain aspects of black church spiritual and socio-structural positioning have been deemed problematic, especially with reference to biblical grounding, cultural inclusiveness, and social productivity. The Christian religious experiences of African American slaves offer important historical insights into African American Christianity.

Keywords: African Americans, religiosity, church life, refuges, black church, cultural inclusiveness, social productivity, religious experiences, slaves, Christianity

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