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Jesus Walks: The Book of Yeezus and the Black concept of God

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Pastor Lorenzo Neal

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Jesus had loyal disciples who even after he died, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, managed to keep his story alive through their gospel narratives. Fans of rapper and producer Kanye West seemingly now have the opportunity to do the same with the new Book of Yeezus. The Book of Yeezus: A Bible for the Modern Day, is being described as a novelty table book celebrating the grandeur of mega-icon Kanye West. It retells the book of Genesis replacing the word God with Kanye or Yeezus. It was deemed by it's creator in this manner: "This book wasn’t made to make fun at Kanye, or really even show or undying devotion towards him. Book of Yeezus is simply an exposition. It’s adding an original twist to something ancient and important in order to capture new meaning. We are trying to cast our spotlight towards the way cultural icons have come to be the contemporary spiritual figures in our information culture."

Pastor Neal discusses the issues of modern spirituality and the Black concept of God. Is this book blasphemous or revolutionary? What are the outlying implications of this book and the celebrity church star in the modern black religious experience?

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