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James Baldwins Understanding of God: Overwhelming Desire and Joy Josiah Ulysses Young III

James Baldwins Understanding of God: Overwhelming Desire and Joy

Josiah Ulysses Young III

Published September 18th 2014
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Kindle Edition
240 pages
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James Baldwins Understanding of God focuses on Baldwins experiences as a gifted black writer who fought valiantly against racism and wrote openly about homosexual relationships. Baldwins God is a mysteriously impersonal force he calls love,MoreJames Baldwins Understanding of God focuses on Baldwins experiences as a gifted black writer who fought valiantly against racism and wrote openly about homosexual relationships. Baldwins God is a mysteriously impersonal force he calls love, something . . . like a fire, like the wind, something which can change you. For Baldwin, To be with God is really to be involved with some enormous, overwhelming desire, and joy, and power which you cannot control, which controls you.Young covers James Baldwins life from his mid-teens to his death through accounts and analyses of his essays and novels. Sometimes his theology - what he has to say about his God - comes straight from his text- other times Young deduces it from his nonfiction prose and the implications of his novels and their protagonists.  Young places those works in the context of several historic events that were taking place in the United States at that time.