Date

5-2021

Department

Rawlings School of Divinity

Degree

Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA)

Chair

C. Fred Smith

Keywords

Identity, Black Identity, Black Identity Crisis, Christian Identity, Spiritual Identity, Spiritual Transformation and Formation

Disciplines

Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is a comparative and qualitive study of African American identity and Christian/Spiritual identity. The formation of each identity was presented by examining psychological and sociological, causes of The case for an African American identity crisis was supported by the psychological and sociological trauma experienced through the African American experience in American. The research showed that the historical effects of slavery and lawful subjection, exclusion from the dominant society indeed cause an identity crisis that has rippling effects even to today. The Christian identity proved to be the highest form of identity, as it is rooted in the eternal. The spiritual life is essential to a health mental state, which includes formation of identity. By one embracing and being transformed into Christlikeness proved to be the healthiest and most effective identity for self and culture.

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