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Conceptions of God, Freedom, and Ethics in African American and Jewish Theology

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This book is a consideration of major contemporary African American and Jewish theological understandings of God, human nature, moral evil, suffering, and ethics, utilizing the work of James Cone and Emil Fackenheim. Specifically, it examines how profound faith in a just God is sustained, and even strengthened, in the face of particularly horrific and long-standing evil and suffering in a community. The constructive portion of the book explores theological possibilities by focusing on the concepts of human ...

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Overview

This book is a consideration of major contemporary African American and Jewish theological understandings of God, human nature, moral evil, suffering, and ethics, utilizing the work of James Cone and Emil Fackenheim. Specifically, it examines how profound faith in a just God is sustained, and even strengthened, in the face of particularly horrific and long-standing evil and suffering in a community. The constructive portion of the book explores theological possibilities by focusing on the concepts of human freedom, resistance, and responsibility—all grounded in divine gift—as an effective and meaningful response to oppression and despair.

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“This book is a significant, in-depth study of James Cone and Emil Fackenheim, two brilliant thinkers of our time, on the issue of suffering, moral evil, and theodicy. Buhring has written insightfully on African American and Jewish responses to racism and the Holocaust.”— Harold Kasimow, George Drake Professor of Religious Studies, Grinnell College
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Meet the Author

Kurt Buhring is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College. His areas of scholarly and teaching interest include contemporary theology, interreligious dialogue, and religion and science.

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Table of Contents

Introducing Black and Jewish Responses to Experiences of Moral Evil and Suffering
• What Does the Christian Gospel Have to Do With the Black Power Movement?: James H. Cone's God of the Oppressed
• Why Divine Goodness or Power? Why God? Why Liberation?: Critiques and Defenses of James Cone
• A New Sinai? A New Exodus? Divine Presence During and After the Holocaust in the Theology of Emil Fackenheim
• After the Holocaust—the Destruction of the God of History, of Chosenness, and of Patriarchy: Critiques and Defenses of Emil Fackenheim
• A Consideration of Humanocentric Theism, Resistance, and Redemption

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