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Decatur, GA. Ralph C. Watkins, associate professor evangelism and church growth at Columbia Theological Seminary, is the author of Hip Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and the Rhyme (Engaging Culture) published by Baker Academic.
In this new work, Dr. Watkins offers a theological exegesis of the music and culture of hip-hop, as well as an analysis of its popularity. While acknowledging that sexism, misogyny, and capitalistic greed are part of the hip-hop culture, he finds in the beat and rhyme a prophetic voice crying out and sharing the pain of African American youth in the city. Revealing what is inherently good and redeeming in the music, Dr. Watkins sees implications for evangelism, worship, and spiritual practices, and for opening the power of the Bible for ministry to misunderstood generation.
Dr. Watkins is the author of several more books, including From Jay-Z to Jesus and The Gospel Remix. He previously was assistant dean of the African American church studies program and associate professor of society, religion, and Africana studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. More information about Columbia:http://www.ctsnet.edu