Sherman book studies ‘Black Religiosity’

E.G. Sherman Jr.

E.G. Sherman Jr.

ALBANY, Ga. — E.G. Sherman Jr., PhD, has released a new book, “Black Religiosity: A Biblical and Historical Perspective.”

The book is a collection of essays that focus on the eclectic religious experiences of African Americans from the beginning of slavery in 1619 through emancipation in 1863. Sherman says that through these previously voiced sermons and lectures, he documents the fact that African descendants were exposed to and participated in Christianity before the advent of slavery.

Once slavery was instituted, enslaved African Americans were forbidden by law to practice religion. They met in secret to worship and held on to their belief in God and commitment to family, Sherman notes.

“It communicates the emphasis the enslaved people placed on God as they coped with inhumane conditions and how their faith, prayer and worship helped them survive and leave a legacy,” he said.

Sherman, who holds three doctorates, is a professor emeritus of sociology, history and philosophy with Albany State University. He is a former vice president of a seminary and is founding pastor of Institutional First Baptist Church, Albany. His website is www.biblicalechoes.com.