ABSTRACT

This article examines the depiction of an African American “none” in Octavia Butler’s “The Book of Martha” and argues that the story critiques the assumption that being African American means being Christian or religious. The problem with that assumption, as highlighted in Butler’s story, is that it excludes black nones from the African American experience, contends that biology explains African American religiosity, and imagines God as an omniscient and omnipotent human who is on the side of the oppressed.

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