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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Dec 30 2018 3:27 PM

I was reading about Rastafarianism, I wanted to learn more so I went to logos to find some resources. I found none. I really think logos should keep on expanding the type of books they carry to allow for more theologies like Rastafarianism, Islam, Mormonism etc.. People that dig into apologetics need them!

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Levi Durfey | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 30 2018 3:37 PM

Any books that you would suggest?

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 30 2018 4:07 PM

No, I have just started researching. I went to logos first, I was hoping for some input. 

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 30 2018 4:10 PM

This list of sources comes from wikipedia 

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Banton, Michael (1989). "Are Rastafarians an Ethnic Group?". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies16 (1): 153–157. doi:10.1080/1369183X.1989.9976167.
Barrett, Leonard E. (1997) [1988]. The Rastafarians. Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 9780807010396.
Bedasse, Monique (2010). "Rasta Evolution: The Theology of the Twelve Tribes of Israel". Journal of Black Studies40 (5): 960–973. JSTOR 40648616.
Benard, Akeia A. (2007). "The Material Roots of Rastafarian Marijuana Symbolism". History and Anthropology18 (1): 89–99. doi:10.1080/02757200701234764.
Cashmore, E. Ellis (1981). "After the Rastas". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies9 (2). pp. 173–181. doi:10.1080/1369183X.1981.9975679.
Cashmore, E. Ellis (1983). Rastaman: The Rastafarian Movement in England (second ed.). London: Counterpoint. ISBN 978-0-04-301164-5.
Cashmore, E. Ellis (1984). "The Decline of the Rastas?". Religion Today1(1). pp. 3–4. doi:10.1080/13537908408580533.
Cashmore, E. Ellis (1989). "The Dawkins Case: Official Ethnic Status for Rastas". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies16 (1). pp. 158–160. doi:10.1080/1369183X.1989.9976168.
Chevannes, Barry (1994). Rastafari: Roots and Ideology. Utopianism and Communitarianism Series. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0815602965.
Clarke, Peter B. (1986). Black Paradise: The Rastafarian Movement. New Religious Movements Series. Wellingborough: The Aquarian Press. ISBN 978-0-85030-428-2.
Edmonds, Ennis B. (2012). Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199584529.
Francis, Wigmoore (2013). "Towards a Pre-History of Rastafari". Caribbean Quarterly: A Journal of Caribbean Culture59 (2). pp. 51–72. doi:10.1080/00086495.2013.11672483.
King, Stephen A. (2002). Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1604730036.
Kitzinger, Sheila (1966). "The Rastafarian Brethren of Jamaica". Comparative Studies in Society and History9 (1). pp. 33–39. JSTOR 177835.
Middleton, Darren J. N. (2006). "As it is in Zion: Seeking the Rastafari in Ghana, West Africa". Black Theology: An International Journal4(2). pp. 151–172. doi:10.1558/blth.2006.4.2.151.
Newland, Arthur (2013). "Rastafari in the Grenada Revolution". Social and Economic Studies62 (3). pp. 205–226. JSTOR 24384487.
Partridge, Christopher (2004). The Re-Enchantment of the West Volume. 1: Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture, and Occulture. London: T&T Clark International. ISBN 978-0567084088.
Rowe, Maureen (1980). "The Woman in Rastafari". Caribbean Quarterly26(4). pp. 13–21. JSTOR 40795018.
Sibanda, Fortune (2016). "One Love, or Chanting Down Same-Sex Relations? Queering Rastafari Perspectives on Homosexuality". In Adriaan van Klinken; Ezra Chitando. Public Religion and the Politics of Homosexuality in Africa. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. pp. 180–196. ISBN 978-1317073420.
Soumahoro, Maboula (2007). "Christianity on Trial: The Nation of Islam and the Rastafari, 1930–1950". In Theodore Louis Trost. The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 35–48. ISBN 978-1403977861.
Turner, Terisa E. (1991). "Women, Rastafari and the New Society: Caribbean and East African Roots of a Popular Movement against Structural Adjustment". Labour, Capital and Society/Travail, capital et société24 (1). pp. 66–89. JSTOR 43157919.
White, Carmen M. (2010). "Rastafarian Repatriates and the Negotiation of Place in Ghana". Ethnology49 (4). pp. 303–320. JSTOR 41756635."

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 30 2018 5:00 PM

quick information on their canon: https://community.logos.com/forums/t/126074.aspx 

In Logos format

Rastafari Reasoning and the RastaWoman: Gender Constructions in the Shaping of Rastafari Livity by Christensen, Jeanne

Messianic 'I' and Rastafari in New Testament Dialogue: Bio-Narratives, the Apocalypse, and Paul's Letter to the Romans by Palmer, Delano Vincent

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 31 2018 12:24 PM

Blair Laird:

I was reading about Rastafarianism, I wanted to learn more so I went to logos to find some resources. I found none. I really think logos should keep on expanding the type of books they carry to allow for more theologies like Rastafarianism, Islam, Mormonism etc.. People that dig into apologetics need them!

You may want to try Apologetics related resources? Nelson's illustrated guide below

■ Rastafarian

Rastafarian is a religious and political movement that emerged in Jamaica in the third decade of the twentieth century. Early Rastafarian leaders like Leonard Howell and Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert found their original inspiration from the radical teachings of Black Nationalist prophet Marcus Garvey (1887–1940). Most people know Rastafarian through reggae or the dreadlock hairstyle of its followers. Bob Marley and Burning Spear have been the movement’s most famous vocal ambassadors. The religion is also known for its ritual use of marijuana or ganja.

Burning Spear in Concert

Burning Spear in concert

Photo: Derek Beverley

The term Rastafarian comes from Ras Tafari, who became Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia in 1930. Early Rastafarians looked to him as a messianic figure who would lead blacks out of oppression. Rastas placed great import on the titles given to Haile Selassie. He was called “King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Defender of the Faith and Light of the World.” Haile Selassie was also claimed to be 225th descendant from Solomon, the son of King David.

These factors led early Rastafarians to proclaim that the emperor was divine, even though he had formal ties with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The emperor was disconcerted by Rastafarian worship of him when he visited Jamaica in 1966. While the emperor was alive, Rastafarians believed that he would bring Africans back to their homeland. With his death in 1975, that affirmation is taken in a less literal sense. Rastafarians often identify Haile Selassie as Jesus Christ.

There is little rigidity in Rastafarian doctrine and lifestyle, particularly in the last several decades. Most followers believe that blacks, the true descendants of the Hebrews, were sent into slavery and exile because of disobedience to Jah or Jehovah. Rastafarians claim that whites have kept them in Babylon. Some Rastas use Bible references to defend the use of ganja. Other Rastas protest the use of the Christian Bible as a tool of the white race. Many Rastas use a version of the Bible known as the Holy Piby, compiled by Robert Athlyi Rogers of Anguilla from 1913 through 1917. Generally, Rastafarian culture is patriarchal, though women have increasing leadership roles outside of the home. This is documented in Barry Chevannes’s significant ethnographic fieldwork in Jamaica.

There is no one organization or person that speaks for all Rastafarians. The better known groups are The Twelve Tribes of Israel, the House of Bobo, and the Nyahbinghi Order. The Order states in its anthem: “To advance, to advance with truths and rights, To advance, to advance with love and light. With righteousness leading. I n I Hail to Rastafari I n I King, Imanity is pleading, One Jah for I n I.” (“I n I” is a common Rastafarian phrase that reflects unity with Jah.) Some Rastas have argued that the popularization of Rasta music and culture has led to an accommodation with the larger white culture once so widely vilified.

RASTAFARIAN

Websites

Nyahbinghi Order: www.nyahbinghi.org

House of Bobo: http://houseofbobo.com

Ras Adam Simeon site: http://web.syr.edu/~affellem

Rasta Times: www.rastafaritimes.com

Rastafari Speaks: www.rastafarispeaks.com

Recommended Reading

Leonard Barrett, The Rastafarians (Boston: Beacon Press, 1997)

Barry Chevannes, Rastafari (Syracuse University Press, 1994)

William David Spencer, Dread Jesus (London: SPCK, 1999)

Nathaniel Murrell, William David Spencer, and Adrian McFarlane, eds. Chanting Down Babylon (Philadelphia: Temple, 1998)

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 2 2019 1:55 PM

Rastafari appears in several secondary sources in my library (which is by no means a large library compared to other forum users)

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 2 2019 4:47 PM

Blair Laird:
I was reading about Rastafarianism, I wanted to learn more so I went to logos to find some resources.

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Kiyah | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 3 2019 2:05 PM

First off, the proper way to refer to it is Rastafari, not "Rastafarianism" (since Rastas don't like -isms). Also, I actually would not recommend reading Christian Apologetic works to learn about Rastafari because in my experience they tend to (1) misrepresent or misunderstand other faiths and (2) analyze other religions based on Christian categories which is not a good way to understand another faith. A religion should be studied on its own terms with a goal to understand it according to its own categories.

I found this book in the bibliography of the article on "Caribbean Theology" in the Global Dictionary of Theology (available in Logos):

Chanting Down Babylon: The Rastafari Reader

It is mentioned in several other works in my Logos library in regards to Rastafari so it seems like it might be a good general introduction to get you started.

Also, the Oxford Short Introductions are usually a good place to start as well:

Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction

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