The Function Of Praise Songs In African-american Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The praise song is integral to worship in the black tradition, expressing Spirit-filled praise and demanding the full participation of the worshiping community. Black praise singing is also expressive of themes important in black Christian experience and in the theology that has been formed out of this experience.

Black religious music and black theology are correlative in meaning. From the beginning, black music has sprung from black theology as a meaningful and life-affirming medium in...


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