Walter Rhett’s New Work: “A Portion of Fault:” Gullah Prayer And Faith

The View from Circular Church, looking west. The Unitarian Church (left) and St. John's Lutheran Church in background.

The View from Circular Church, looking west. The Unitarian Church (left) and St. John’s Lutheran Church in background.

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“A Portion of Fault:” Gullah Faith and Prayer


Ground Breaking


The digital work contains:

  • Rare African-American oral folk tales from slavery, challenging stereotypes involving religion and African moral intelligence.

  • An excerpt on Spirituals from Sterling A. Brown, noted scholar of African-American literature and folklore.

  • A historical summary of the theologian Howard Thurman’s powerful concept, “the waiting moment.”

  • An oral history example of the African-American rite of visionary prayer, “Seeking.”

  • Beatific visions and spirit calls in several Gullah Spirituals.

  • An African-American theology of prayer.

  • The use of African-American folk forms to preserve witness and lessons.

  • The difficulty Gullah poses (the language and its aesthetic) to contemporary research in history, literature, and religion.

  • A new transcription of Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner’s audio interview in the Library of Congress archives with Ann Scott, recorded on St. Helena Island, South Carolina in 1932, in Gullah.

  • Cover art by Charleston civil war photographer, George Barnard, and American Depression photographer, Dorothea Lange.

  • The use of dialectics and traditional forms of induction as a logic of empirical interpretation.

  • Rare Audio: Lorenzo Dow Turner’s 1932 Audio Interview with Ann Scott, St Helena Island, South Carolina, in Gullah  

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Walter Rhett specialises in short form writing and its design for net and print. His writing explores voices, whose ideas and stories are alive in his dialogue.


“Religion was neither forced on the slave or accepted naively. In fact, the widespread acceptance of Christ by the enslaved is the biggest conversion experience in the history of Christianity after the birth and death of Jesus.”

"Born Two Years Before The Surrender"

“Born Two Years Before The Surrender”  Dorothea Lange Photograph.

“They Are Taking Our Jobs and Cutting Our Wages”


is a trusted commenter Charleston, SC Yesterday

Uhh, is that true for jobs in industrial engineering, chemical engineering, structural engineering, IT, systems analysis, accounting, data management–just a few of the job areas of one of America’s top five corporations–Exxon Mobil–located in Texas, whose profits were up 35% for a recent year and showed a $9.1 billion profit for the first quarter of this year.

Or is it true for lawn care, house keeping, construction, and other pipeline jobs for new aspirants who can be found in meat plants in Iowa and concentrated in Chicago in greater numbers than the border regions?

Whether by location or as a theory of competition, the omitted and overlooked details of aspirants in the labor market trigger a tale of half-truths. The other half of the truth is hidden: Americans don’t want these jobs. They left Alabama’s crops to ripen and spoil in the fields; most replacement workers couldn’t make a half day.


Defining Denial

Paul Krugman on his NYT blog writes of false equivalencies created by redefining positions as they are restated. He often touts this tactic as inaccurate and disingenuous; howover, I call it by a name that I apply to its function–which is denial/ /wr

That broad second step, in response or defense of a position, that shades and changes the original meaning in order to distract from real assessment and evaluation, I call denial.

It is no clinical denial as in addiction or psychology, but a broader sociological concept centered in power, esp. political economy, law, and military strategy. It is essentially a false claim. It does not examine its blame. It refuses a review of the logic it defends.

Its a pretense; a distraction, a misdirection. It is an unfortunate waste of time that hinders debate and progress. Denial is an effective tool as it shifts the debate to new terms while letting the old terms stand unchallenged.

It’s the prime defense of a smear.


 Dorothea Lange. GA,1936-1939. Library of  Congress.

Dorothea Lange. GA,1936-1939. Library of Congress.

Islamic authority: Extremists no ‘Islamic State’ | Mid-East | Saudi Gazette

What some see as “deafening silence” others call under reporting, esp. by American journalists and networks.

To wit (to directly repudiate the claim): 

“The top Islamic authority in Egypt launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an “Islamic State.”

The campaign by the Dar El-Ifta, the top authority that advises Muslims on spiritual and life issues, adds to the war of words by Muslim leaders across the world targeting the Islamic State group, which controls wide swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its violent attacks, including mass shootings, destroying shrines, targeting minorities and beheadings including American journalist James Foley, have shocked Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki Allam, previously said the extremists violate all Islamic principles and laws and described the group as a danger to Islam as a whole.”

Islamic authority: Extremists no ‘Islamic State’ | Mid-East | Saudi Gazette.