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If You Get to Heaven Befo I Do WEB DuBoiss Construct of the Doctrine of Blackness But back of this still broods silently the deep religious feeling of the real Negro heart the stirring unguided might of powerful human souls who have lost their guiding starand seek in the great night a new religious ideal Some day the Awakening will come whenten million souls shall sweep irresistible toward the Goal out of the valley of the Shadow of Death where all that makes life worth living Liberty Justice Right is marked For white People Only -Dubois Souls of Black Folk Introduction DuBois makes it clear in his autobiography and elsewhere that he does not believe in God and organized religion In his test speeches and fiction it is impossible not to relate his devout work ethic and moral zealotry with some type of religion Nearly all of his fiction alludes to religion in general and almost all to Christianity specifically He is constantly discussing addressing or referring to God in all of his fiction and in many of his speeches and text However there is ample evidence that Dubious is not a religious man as the phrase is commonly used It is unclear if he believes in an omnipotent being but it is obvious that he does not adhere to any specific religious doctrine Thesis Many may argue that his fictional evocation of heaven and hell tell of his conscious or subconscious belief in religion or that it shows the contradiction in his own ideology While one can try to disprove what DuBois stated and restated in his own words even reiterated in no uncertain terms in the autobiography at the end his life I find it easier to accept as the truth that he adhered to no religion So how can one explain these other apparent signs of his orthodoxy Although DuBois was unmatched in his liberalism at a time
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