Race, Sex, and Celibacy in the Kingdom of Father Divine

Lecture Description

Father Divine’s interracial, sex-segregated, communal movement captured the imagination of the American public in its heyday of the 1930s and 1940s when it counted thousands of followers who believed that Divine was God in a body, Christ returned to earth. In this lecture, Weisenfeld explores popular responses to the movement’s theology of sexuality, often in the form of salacious conjecture about race and sexuality in what most characterized as a ‘cult’, and consider how devoted members understood the relationship between race and sexuality in what they believed was the Kingdom of God on earth.


Religion Sexuality

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