• Urban Apologetics

  • Restoring Black Dignity with the Gospel
  • By: Eric Mason
  • Narrated by: Isaiah Young
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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By: Eric Mason
Narrated by: Isaiah Young
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Publisher's Summary

Urban Apologetics examines the legitimate issues that Black communities have with Western Christianity and shows how the gospel of Jesus Christ—rather than popular, socioreligious alternatives—restores our identity.

African Americans have long confronted the challenge of dignity destruction caused by white supremacy. While many have found meaning and restoration of dignity in the black church, others have found it in ethnocentric socioreligious groups and philosophies.

These ideologies have grown and developed deep traction in the black community and beyond. Revisionist history, conspiracy theories, and misinformation about Jesus and Christianity are the order of the day. Many young African Americans are disinterested in Christianity and others are leaving the church in search of what these false religious ideas appear to offer, a spirituality more indigenous to their history and ethnicity.

Edited by Dr. Eric Mason and featuring a top-notch lineup of contributors, Urban Apologetics is the first book focused entirely on cults, religious groups, and ethnocentric ideologies prevalent in the black community. The book is divided into three main parts:

  • Discussions on the unique context for urban apologetics so that you can better understand the cultural arguments against Christianity among the Black community.
  • Detailed information on cults, religious groups, and ethnic identity groups that many urban evangelists encounter—such as the Nation of Islam, Kemetic spirituality, African mysticism, Hebrew Israelites, Black nationalism, and atheism.
  • Specific tools for urban apologetics and community outreach.

Ultimately, Urban Apologetics applies the gospel to black identity to show that Jesus is the only one who can restore it. This is an essential resource to equip those doing the work of ministry and apology in urban communities with the best available information.

©2021 Eric Mason (P)2021 Zondervan

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One of the Best Apologetic books around

I really enjoyed listening to the book before I got the physical book later last week. This book isn't just for Christians who are well versed in theology but for people who want to learn about the truth of correct history of Christianity. You will learn about the difference between the other religions views and how Christianity is true. My favorite chapters was 4 & 5

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This book moves mountains for me, and has actually helped me cope with the crazy turmoil of this whole movement.I was once a part of it so I understood. and appreciated the breakdown he had for chapter 7 and he could have went sooooooo much deeper, but what was written we terrific thank you and all that added to this I really appreciate it.




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Knowledge

So much information, I learned so much from this book that I can use as I share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thanks so much! A must read if you are believer sharing the gospel

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Excellent

Great listen. Every leader in the gospel was given a charge with this literature. I have ordered the hard copy so that I can act on everything that was suggested.

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  • 11-18-21

Solus Christus

A well balanced biblical and practical approach for study and service to our brothers and sisters seeking value and validation. Christ is the only eternal answer that is able to truly sooth our cultural longings and our community ache.

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Great Collaborative Work

This is a resource book that was yet engaging as reading succinctly. The stories Made the resource material personable. Scripture references ensured was maintained.

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One chapter horribly written

Overall has excellent perspective on how the urban church can respond to all sorts of challenges to orthodox Christianity, from the Nation of Islam to Beyoncé fans playing with goddess ideas, all the while affirming the dignity of how black lives matter. But as a series of essays one chapter was really poorly written and so took me back, as the narrator just Leo reading it the way written.

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Great Read!

As a black Christian man who have wondered about all these false Afro centric religions that have been sprouting out from the African American community, it’s great to finally read a book that was designed to not only give answers to those false spiritual movements but to also equip the believer in how to respond appropriately. Eric Mason, you are a blessing.

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Good info

Believe this apologetic work was one of the better works out there, but it still didn't answer a lot of questions. The audio reader seemed aggressive while reading it. A more welcoming voice would have helped the listening. The tone of the reader felt like he was debating. The chapter engaging black women should have been read by a woman. I am still good the buy the book and add to my study library. Out of 10, I would give it a 7.

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Well articulated. Well researched. Amazing book.

Loved it! I learned a lot and have been able to equip myself with the details of the book in preparation for defending the faith and having a ready response. Amazing book.

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  • 08-09-21

Highly Insightful Read

This book has given me a deeper understanding why a lot of Black people are deviating from Christianity and unearths the lies within alternative religions. It also offers guidelines on how to engage Black People who are opposed to Christianity.

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  • Ryan O'Connor
  • 06-22-22

White guy cheering my black brothers & sisters.

Thanks Pastor Eric for this excellent work. My context and experiences are vastly different, though I live in one of the more multicultural regions of Australia. As a white Australian, I’m very aware of the difficulty my church and congregation has in evangelising, equipping and empowering our brothers and sisters from the many black communities around us - diverse black communities including Australian Indigenous, Torres Strait Islanders, Cook Islanders, Papua New Guineans, Samoans, Fijians, Maoris and various African nationalities. Some are Australian born, some are first generation immigrants, some are internal migrations of people groups, some are refugees.

Some of our local people have experienced incredibly horrible racism, profiling and disrespect. It is hard for a white guy to understand the complexities of inequality in our community - it’s not limited to black vs white. The inherited racism within various black communities towards their own neighbours, darker colours in their own culture (!) and towards some of our Asian brothers and sisters is a regular struggle in our region.

Your wisdom and insight on the needs to speak to the situation we face today - not loosing sight of the past - but no longer ‘wishing it was some other way’ is very important for the Christian church. There is much wisdom to be found in this work, and I love that it’s not read for Audible by the ‘usual white guy’ (sorry David Cochran Heath - love your work, but enjoy hearing non-white voices on audible too! 😂). Worth the time and deep contemplation.