African American resources

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Robert Peters | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Mar 7 2015 11:36 AM

One of the most frustrating things is the lack of african american resources in Logos. These are sermon Archives I would like to see in logos:

E.K Bailey

Ralph West

Tony Evens

Robert Smith Jr 

James Earl Massey

Hb Charles (i mentioned him earlier)

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Ellis I. Washington | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 26 2016 9:44 AM

I continue to raise this as a serious issue if Logos wants to truly serve the entire Christian community. In addition to the preacher/practitioners listed, there are numerous African American scholars that are ignored in Logos' vast resources. There are a few, True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament, We Have Been Believers: An African American Systematic Theology, The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching and others by Marvin McMickle and Theresa Fry Brown, to name a few, but the list is paltry in comparison to what's available. As a long-time Logos user with a 3,695 book library, I continue to urge Logos to address this concern. Two guides to such resources are listed below, but is only representative of recent scholarship. There is much more.

http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=jtb

http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/student-life/BlackSeminariansBibliography.pdf

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 26 2016 11:13 AM

I'm not too familiar with specifically/intentionally African American theological scholarship, so I have a number of questions related to this suggestion. Answers to them would help me understand the factors relevant to making and granting your request beyond "X community/group/typeofauthor isn't well represented, so let's change that." The recent culling of Pre-Pubs and internal alterations to Faithlife's process of selecting new books to offer have led me to be more interested than I had been in the saleability of actual and potential Faithlife offerings.

Around how many (let's say American) potential customers are there for these resources? Would you be able to give a rough estimate of the relevant US market-size (i.e, people who might purchase at least the most important missing books because of the ethnicity/cultural background of the authors plus the people who might purchase them without regard to these factors)? Do searches based on Faithlife's best-selling sort order suggest that the present African American offerings are doing well, and/or that there is already a sizeable group of Faithlife customers interested in these works?

What are some of the best-selling Faithlife-relevant books written by African American authors that Faithlife does not offer? Who are the most saleable and/or most noteworthy African American scholars? What theological affiliations and topical foci do these particular authors/books have, beyond being specifically African American? Are there any obvious ways to cause Faithlife customers not specifically interested in African American scholarship to fund its production anyway for other reasons (much as ecumenical appeal increases the sales of certain Bible commentaries, apologetic works, et cetera)?

Are you using the Book Suggestions UserVoice to promote your suggestion as applied to specific African American works? If so, can you provide links?

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 26 2016 11:29 AM

Gee, Sine.  Even if there's lots of documentable purchasers, how can we be totally sure they will for sure purchase?  And when?  And will they purchase at the regular price, or wait for a sale?  Can this really be risked? What if they do purchase and then 29 days later, ask for a refund. Massive risk.

I'd assume you noticed the oddity of your questions. Frankly, I'd like a significant choice in this area. It's a growing area of Christianity ... as indeed Catholics in hispanic communities.

"I didn't know God made honky tonk angels."

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