Books by Dr. Matthew Johnson
“The Tragic Vision of African American Religion”
An analysis of African American religious subjectivity suggests the tragic, understood as an ontological category, as the seminal hermeneutical lens through which one can deepen one’s understanding of the experience and its theological implications.
“The Cicada’s Song”
A hauntingly beautiful, deeply southern African American journey into the soul. The narrative is suffused with the often unnamed deeply resonant spirituality that permeated African American life during the Jim Crow era. The idiom, rhythm and poetic breadth of vision conspire to lay bear the African American soul through the Cunninham’s [main character] tragic loss. The sweeping narrative conveys a depth of humanity in the African American experience often lost in preoccupations with protest and racial conflict.
“The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections”
The book presents the biblical, historical, and theological roots of African American views. Issues include black embodiment and the reality of suffering, the forsakenness of Christ and African American experience, and the passion as reflected in black hymnody and biblical reading, and Jesus’ suffering as seen in slave religion and since then.
“Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race, and Culture in Philemon”
In “Onesimus Our Brother”, leading African American biblical scholars tease out the often unconscious assumptions about religion, race, and culture that permeate contemporary interpretation of the New Testament and of Paul in particular.