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Dr. Anthony Pinn's publications range from early explorations of the problem of moral evil, to ongoing interests in African American humanist positions, efforts to pay attention to the biophysical and discursive weight of bodies, and ongoing attention to theory and method in the study of African American religion, specifically, and theology and religious studies more generally. Here you'll find snippets from Pinn's texts and links to purchase the books.

Deathlife: Hip Hop and Thanatological Narrations of Blackness, Duke University Press (2024)

The Black Practice of Disbelief: An Introduction to the Principles, History, and Communities of Black Nonbelievers, Beacon Press (2024). [Represented by Salky Literary Management]


Interplay of Things: Religion, Art, and Presence Together, Duke University Press (2021).

Humanism:  Essays in Race, Religion, and Cultural Production, Bloomsbury Academic (2015).


Introducing African American Religion, Routledge (2013).


The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology, Oxford University Press (2012).


Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought, NYU Press (2010).


Understanding and Transforming the Black Church, Cascade Books (2010).


The African American Religious Experience in America, Greenwood Press (2005).  Paperback by University Press of Florida (2007).


African American Humanist Principles: Living and Thinking Like the Children of Nimrod, Palgrave Macmillan (2004).


Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion, Fortress Press (2003). Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition published July 2022.


The Black Church in the Post-Civil Rights Era, Orbis Books (2002, 2nd Printing May 2003, 3rd Printing May 2004, 4th Printing May 2008, 5th Printing March 2009).


Varieties of African American Religious Experience, Fortress Press (1998).  Expanded, 20th Anniversary Edition, published in 2017.


Why, Lord? Suffering and Evil in Black Theology, Continuum Hardcover (1995), Cassell Paperback (1999). Chinese Edition/ The Institute of Sino-Christian Studies (Hong Kong), 2006.




Brad Braxton and Anthony Pinn, A Master Class on Being Human: A Black Christian and a Black Secular Humanist on Religion, Race, and Justice, Boston: Beacon Press, (2023).


Collaborator on experimental book with Juergen Manemann and Eike Brock serving as the two lead authors, Philosophie Des HipHop:  Performen, was an der Zeit Ist, Verlag (2018).


The CERCL Writing Collective (Pinn, et al), Religion and Black Embodiment, Equinox (2017).


The CERCL Writing Collective (Pinn et al), Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip Hop – A Basic Guide to Key Issues, Fortress Press (2014).


Coauthor Anne H. Pinn, Fortress Introduction to Black Church History, Fortress Press (2001).




What Has the Black Church to Do with Public Life? PIVOT series, Palgrave Macmillan (2013).


What is African American Religion? [Version of Terror and Triumph], Fortress Press (2011).


Becoming ‘America’s Problem Child’:  An Outline of Pauli Murray’s Religious Life and Theology, Wipf & Stock Publishers/PickWick Publications (2008). 




Anthony Pinn, editor. To Speak a Defiant Word:  Pauli Murray’s Sermons and Speeches on Justice and Transformation Yale University Press, (2023). [Represented by Salky Literary Management]


Darrell Jones, Monifa Love, Anthony B. Pinn, editors. Speculations on Black Life: The Collected Writings of William R. Jones Bloomsbury, (2023).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor. Oxford Handbook of Humanism, Oxford University Press, (2021). 


Christopher Driscoll, Anthony B. Pinn and Monica Miller, editors.  Kendrick Lamar, Hip Hop and the Nature of Black Meaning Making, Routledge, (2019).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor.  Humanism and the Challenge of Difference, Palgrave Macmillan (2018).


Juan Floyd-Thomas and Anthony B. Pinn, editors.  Religion in the Age of Obama, Bloomsbury (2018, paperback 2020).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor. Humanism and Technology, Palgrave Macmillan (2016).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor. Just Religion, Vol. Four in Macmillan Handbooks (2016).


Monica Miller, Anthony B. Pinn, Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, editors. Religion in Hip Hop:  Mapping the New Terrain in the US, Bloomsbury Publishing (2015).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor.  Theism and Public Policy. Palgrave Macmillan (2014).


Dale McGowan and Anthony B. Pinn, editors.  Everyday Humanism, Equinox (2014).


Monica Miller and Anthony B. Pinn, editors.  The Hip Hop and Religion Reader, Routledge (2014).


Katie G. Cannon and Anthony B. Pinn, editors. The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology, Oxford University Press (2014; paperback 2018).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor, What Is Humanism, and Why Does It Matter? Acumen (2013).


Anthony B. Pinn, C. Levander and M. Emerson editors, Teaching and Studying the Americas, Palgrave Macmillan (2010).


Stacey Floyd-Thomas and Anthony B. Pinn, editors, Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction, New York University Press (2010).


Anthony B. Pinn and Benjamin Valentin, editors, Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Latino/as, Popular Culture, and Religious Expression, Duke University Press (2009).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor. Black Religion and Aesthetics, Palgrave Macmillan (2009).


Anthony B. Pinn and Allen D. Callahan, editors. African American Religious Life and the Story of Nimrod, Palgrave Macmillan (2007).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor. Pauli Murray: Sermons and Writings, Orbis Books (2006).


Anthony B. Pinn and Dwight N. Hopkins, editors. Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic, Palgrave Macmillan (2004; Paper, 2006). My chapter was also published in Mary Dunn and Brenna Moore, Religious Intimacies (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor. Noise and Spirit: Rap Music’s Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities, New York University Press (2004).


Rebecca Moore, Anthony B. Pinn, and Mary R. Sawyer, editors.  Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America, Indiana University Press (2004).


Anthony B. Pinn, editor. Moral Evil and Redemptive Suffering. University Press Florida, (2002). 


Anthony B. Pinn, editor.  By These Hands, New York University Press, (2001).


Anthony B. Pinn and Benjamin Valentin, editors. The Ties That Bind, Continuum, (2001).


Stephen Angell and Anthony B. Pinn, editors. Protest Thought in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1862-1939, Vol. 1, University of Tennessee Press, (2000).

Anthony B. Pinn, editor. Making the Gospel Plain:  The Writings of Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom, Trinity Press International, (1999).



In Praise of the Despised:  How a Secular Humanist Reads Biblical Stories of Irreverence and Doubt (manuscript completed) [Represented by Salky Literary Management]


The Crow’s Anthem:  Essays in Black Theologizing After Hope (3 of 6 chapters drafted)


Struggle Is the Victory:  Essays on Black Literature, Albert Camus, and Black Moralism (book proposal under development)

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