A letter to Christian Theologians, American Evangelicals, and Religious Scholars Concerning Jewish Violence and Human Rights Abuse

A letter to Christian Theologians, American Evangelicals, and Religious Scholars Concerning Jewish Violence and Human Rights Abuse

July 20, 2014

Dear Christian Theologians, American Evangelicals, and Religious Scholars,

We would like to know what you mean for the church to reconnect with Israel and its Jewish roots. Is this a Theo-political reconnection and project? or are you asking us to support Israel in all she does. If the latter expresses your request and intention, you are, in fact, asking us to support Israel’s program of massive violations of human rights, public segregation, mass murder and destruction of the Arabs, and on-going racism and racial violence toward the Palestinian people and African refugees in the promise land. If that is what your Bible and the God of Israel is urging YOU to do, we are not with you. KEEP YOUR GOD AND KEEP YOUR HOLY SCRIPTURES!

Sincerely,
Your friend in the project for peace, justice, and democracy.

Lecture on the Haitian Revolution

Lecture on the Haitian Revolution.

Lecture on the Haitian Revolution

Mark the Date: November 17, 2013!

Radical Transformation: The Haitian Revolution and the Meaning of Freedom

by Celucien L. Joseph, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Celucien L. Joseph will be delivered a lecture entitled “Radical Transformation: The Haitian Revolution and the Meaning of Freedom.”  Here’s the contact address below:

Bethel Evangelical Church
809 SW 8th Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444
United States
Ph: 561-272-8989

Time: 5:30-8:00 PM

He will also be signing his books right  right after the lecture. If you live in the Broward, Dade, or Palm Beach county areas, you are cordially invited to join us on a Sunshine Sunday afternoon, November 17, 2013 at BEC.

Spread the word!

 

Dr. Lou’s NEW BOOK: Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions

Dear CRDF Friends:
The Center for Reason, Dialogue, and Faith is pleased to  announce the publication of Dr. Joseph’s new book, Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, and Freedom (University Press of America, December 2013). The book is published by University Press of America. 
  You can pre-order your copy by clicking on the link below
Currently, UPA is offering Special 30% OFF discount offer!*
To get this discount, use code UPA30AUTH14 when ordering
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780761862574
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New Book Published by CRDF Founder: From Toussaint to Price-Mars

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We would like to inform you that Dr. Celucien L. Joseph, President of CRDF, has published his second book entitled  From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (2013). It is now available on Amazon or Create Space for purchase.

Description
In From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought, Scholar, Intellectual, and Theologian Celucien L. Joseph engages Haiti’s intellectual history by focusing on the ideas and writings of Haiti’s four most important thinkers and writers: Toussaint Louverture, Joseph Antenor Firmin, Jacques Roumain, and Jean Price-Mars—ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth-century. The basic argument Professor Joseph articulates in this text is that Haiti has produced a strong intellectual tradition from the revolutionary era to the postcolonial present, and that Haitian thought has not been homogeneous or unevolved—whether the subject might be history, religion, race, literature, or culture. Hence, the book explores the rich diversity of Haitian intellectual history with regard to its cross-disciplinary and intersectional content.

By carefully examining the ideas of Toussaint, Firmin, Roumain, and Price-Mars, Professor Joseph contends that the general interweaving themes of rhetoric, the race concept, race vindication, universal emancipation, religious unorthodoxy, secular humanism, the particular and the universal, and cosmopolitanism are representative of Haiti’s intellectual tradition. Haitian intellectuals and writers have almost never separated these prevalent motifs from each other and in their work.

Correspondingly, From Toussaint to Price-Mars is a work on history of ideas and an attempt to grasp the intersections of rhetoric, religious ideas, race, and secular humanism in Haiti’s intellectual history, as well as the various ways they crisscross each other. As a scholar and interpreter of the human experience, Professor Joseph seeks to analyze the thought of Haitian writers and intellectuals in their regional, international, and cosmopolitan context, and with all their complexity and paradoxes. This sequel is an expansion of what he has formerly called in his first book—Race, Religion, and the Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization—“Haitian modernity.”

CONTENTS

List of Illustrations, vii
Acknowledgements, viii
Introduction: Engaging Race and Religion, 1

PART I: The Rhetoric of Race and Freedom

1 The Politics of Revolutionary Rhetoric of Freedom: Toussaint Louverture as Public Intellectual, Social Activist, and Anticolonial Prophet of Black Freedom and Human Rights, 9

2 To Write for Freedom: The Historic Letter of July
1792, 59

PART II: Engaging the Race Concept and Haitian
Afrocentrism

3 Anténor Firmin, “the Egyptian Question,” and Afrocentric Imagination, 77
4 Homage to Anténor Firmin, Haitian Egyptologist,
144

PART III: Reflections on Religion and Critical Theory

5 Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development: A Reading of Jacques Roumain’s Religious Sensibility and Marxist Rhetoric, 167

6 The Rhetoric of Suffering, Hope, and Redemption in Masters of the Dew: A Rhetorical and Politico-Theological Analysis of Manuel as Peasant-Messiah and Redeemer, 226

7 The Religious Imagination and Ideas of Jean Price-Mars, 272
Appendix 1. Lettre de Jean-François, Biassou et Belair Juillet 1792, 304

Appendix 2. À Anténor Firmin (1850-1911), égyptologue haïtien, Théophile Obenga, 310
Bibliography, 336

About the author, 354
ILLUSTRATIONS

Tables

1.1 Parallel Reading of Louverture’s declaration and
Isaiah 1:1, 29

1.2 Rhetorical categories group # 1. Toussaint Louverture and fragments of revolutionary rhetoric of freedom.
Textual articulation and visual
representation, 51

1.3. Rhetorical classification group # 2. Toussaint Louverture and fragments of revolutionary
rhetoric of freedom. Textual articulation and visual representation, 53

Figures

1.1 Published with permission of the Archives nationales in Paris, France. Signature of Toussaint Louverture, 58

1.2 Toussaint Louverture autographed handwritten letter addressed to General Henri, 75

3.1 Four Portraits: Toussaint, Firmin, Roumain, and
Price-Mars, 143

4.1 The Scream white and black Painting, 168

6.1 Haitian Metal Peasant Band Wall Hanging
Oil Drum Art, 271

About the Author

Celucien L. Joseph, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Dallas) is an adjunct Professor of English Language and Literature at Palm Beach State College. Professor Joseph is an interdisciplinary scholar, researcher, and educator; his work is interdisciplinary and intersectional with an emancipative intent. He is interested in the intersections of history, race, religion, literature, cultural identity, and freedom. He is the author of two forthcoming books, Religious Métissage: The Religious Imagination and ideas of Jean Price-Mars (Wipf & Stock) and Faith, Secular Humanism, and Social Development: Jacques Roumain’s Engagements with Religion and Critical Theory (University Press of America, Inc.). His academic research and teaching interests include the following: Transnational Literature; American and African-American Literature; African American Cultural and Intellectual History;Francophone Studies: Africa and the Caribbean; Anglophone Caribbean Literature; Comparative Afro-Caribbean Studies: History and Literature; Comparative Literature of the African Diaspora; Black Internationalism; Postcolonial and Critical Theory; Race and Religion; Religion in the Black Diaspora; Pragmatic Religious Naturalism; Liberation and Constructive Theologies.

Invitation to a Speaking-Book Signing Event

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The Christian Cenacle Invites you to a great debate, an intellectual conference with Prof. Celucien L. Joseph, Ph.D., the author of “Race, Religion, and the Haitian Revolution.”

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Location: Memorial Hwy Baptist Church
14455 Memorial Hwy, North Miami, Fl 33161

Time: 530-8:00 PM

Info: (754) 423-0737; (305) 846-6415; (954) 740-4035

I would love to see you there if you can make it.

My New Book: Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book entitled Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization. You can order your copy at CreateSpace or Amazon.

Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization

Book Description

Publication Date:December 27, 2012
Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution explores the intersections of history, race, religion, decolonization, and revolutionary freedom leading to the founding of the postcolonial state, the Caribbean nation of Haiti, in 1804. Particular attention is given to the place of religion in this freedom story. The book not only examines the multiple legacies and the problem of Enlightenment modernity, imperial colonialism, Western racism and hegemony, but also studies their complex relationships with the institution of slavery, religion, and Black freedom. This present work is a collection of five interdisciplinary essays, which underscore the role of faith in Black Atlantic discourse and Haitian thought in shaping the lives of the people in the Black Diaspora and the Haitian people in particular. Topics range from Makandal’s Postcolonial religious imagination to Boukman’s Liberation Theology, Langston Hughes’ discussion of the role of prophetic religion in the Haitian Revolution to Frederick Douglass’ critiques of Christianity as a “slave religion;” the text also brings in conversation Du Bois’s theory of double consciousness with Fanon’s theory of decolonization and revolutionary humanism.

About the Author

Celucien L. Joseph, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Dallas) is an adjunct Professor of English Language and Literature at Palm Beach State College. Professor Joseph is an interdisciplinary scholar, researcher, and educator; his work is interdisciplinary and intersectional with an emancipative intent. He is interested in the intersections of history, race, religion, literature, cultural identity, and freedom. He is the author of two forthcoming books, Religious Métissage: The Religious Imagination and ideas of Jean Price-Mars (Wipf & Stock, 2013) and Faith, Secular Humanism, and Social Development: Jacques Roumain’s Engagements with Religion and Critical Theory (University Press of America, Inc., 2013). His academic research and teaching interests include the following: Transnational Literature; American and African-American Literature; African American Cultural and Intellectual History;Francophone Studies: Africa and the Caribbean; Anglophone Caribbean Literature; Comparative Afro-Caribbean Studies: History and Literature; Comparative Literature of the African Diaspora; Black Internationalism; Postcolonial and Critical Theory; Race and Religion; Religions in the Black Diaspora; Pragmatic Religious Naturalism; Liberation and Constructive Theologies.
Table of Contents

Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………………v

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………1

Chapter 1: An Appraisal of Recent Literary and Historiographical Works on

The Haitian Revolution…………………………………………………………………..10

PART I: RELIGION AND DECOLONIZATION: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RELIGION IN

THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION

Chapter 2: The Rhetoric of Prayer: Dutty Boukman, The Discourse of “Freedom from

Below,” and the Politics of God…………………………………………………………34

Chapter 3: Prophetic Religion, Violence, and Black Freedom: Reading Makandal’s Project of Black Liberation through A Fanonian postcolonial lens of decolonization and theory of revolutionary humanism……………………………………………………….56

PART II: UNSETTLED FAITH OR RACE AND RELIGION: REPRESENTING AND

INTERPRETING THE REVOLUTION IN BLACK ATLANTIC THOUGHT

Chapter 4: The Spirit of Revolution, the Spirit of Black Freedom: The Representation of the Haitian Revolution and The Function of Black Religion in Langston Hughes’ “Emperor of Haiti”……………………………………………………………..88

Chapter 5: “A City Upon a Hill”: Haiti, Religion, and Race: Frederick Douglass’

Freedom Discourse and The Significance of The Haitian Revolution as a Freedom Event in Modernity……………………………………………………………..118

Notes……………………………………………………………………………………149

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