Introducing Black Theology of Liberation

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Both of these well-written and easily accessible books situate black theology in the context of the African American church and in opposition to white-dominated theologies. After a brief introduction to black theology during the slave period, Hopkins theology, Univ. of Chicago; Shoes That Fit Our Feet traces its more recent history--from the the Civil Rights era 1950s and 1960s to the present. He considers the generation of the founders, examines the second generation which came at theology from different political and cultural perspectives, and then treats more modern movements especially vis- -vis women and the Third World. He concludes with reflections on the challenges facing black theology today. Cone theology, Union Theological Seminary; Black Theology and Black Power offers a collection of essays he wrote over the last 30 years. He argues that Christ's central message to 20th-century Americans is black power, supports women's greater participation in the black church, and encourages black undergraduates to recognize the role of theology in their studies. He also suggests that Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had a complementary influence on black theology. Both of these books have the potential to make readers who are not African American somewhat uncomfortable because of the challenges they contain. Still, all readers would benefit from a reflective study of these thoughtful texts. Recommended for African American studies collections, seminaries, and larger libraries.--Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570752865
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,190,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Development of Black Theology 15
Black Religion during the Slavery Period 16
Memories of African Beliefs 17
Commonsense Wisdom 18
Reinterpretation of White Christianity 20
Rereading the Bible 23
Developments in the 1950s and 1960s 28
Black Religion 29
The Civil Rights Movement 32
The Black Power Movement 34
Method of Black Theology 41
Sources 42
The Norm in Black Theology 46
Rhythm 47
2 The First Generation 49
Advocating a Faith Revealed in Politics 52
James H. Cone 53
J. Deotis Roberts 60
Advocating a Faith Based in Black Culture 65
Gayraud S. Wilmore 66
Charles H. Long 74
Conclusion 84
3 The Second Generation 87
Womanist Theology 88
Intellectual Developments 90
Popular Culture 90
Black Poor Folk 92
Afrocentricity 94
Remaking Traditional Disciplines 97
Global Connections 101
Challenging Black Theology's Liberation Claim 106
Interdisciplinary Studies 110
Working Together: Ties between the First and Second Generations 114
The First Generation Today 117
Challenges for the Second Generation 121
4 Womanist Theology 125
Historical Backdrop 125
The Rise of Womanist Theology 129
History 131
Method 134
Intellectual Developments 138
Conclusion 156
5 Black Theology and Third World Liberation Theologies 157
Black Theology Meets African Theology 159
Black Theology Meets Latin American Theology 167
Black Theology Meets Asian Theology 172
Black Theology and EATWOT 176
6 Conclusion 181
Challenges for Black Theology Today 194
Notes 203
Index 225
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