We Have Been Believers

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In this, the first full-scale black systematic theology in twenty years, James Evans emerges as a major and distinctive voice in American theology.

Seeking to overcome the chasm between church practice and theological reflection, Evans situates theology squarely in the nexus of faith with freedom. There, with a sure touch, he uplifts revelatory aspects of black religious experience that reanimate classical areas of theology, and he creates a theology with a heart, a soul and a voice that speaks directly to our condition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800626723
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,263,513
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Revelation and Liberation 11
The Meaning of Revelation 13
The Meaning of Liberation 15
Two Aspects of African-American Religion 18
Narrative and African-American Theological Discourse 24
Narrative and Method in African-American Theology 27
2 The Bible: A Text for Outsiders 33
The Bible and Slavery 35
The Bible and Liberation 40
Dismembering the Text: Remembering the Story 45
Biblical Foundations for Black Theology 51
3 The Ungiven God 53
The Problem of God in African-American Experience 54
The Idea of God 58
The Concept of God 62
God, Freedom, and Impartiality 67
God, Love, and Partisanship 69
God, Personhood, and Creativity 71
4 Jesus Christ: Liberator and Mediator 77
The "Figura" of Christ in African-American Experience 77
Jesus and the Disinherited 83
The Development of Christology in Black Theology 85
Conclusion 92
5 On Being Black 99
The Problem of Humanity in African-American Experience 100
Racism and the Christian Understanding of Humanity 104
The Doctrine of Humanity in Black Theology 107
Three Dimensions of Human Existence 113
6 The Community of Faith and the Spirit of Freedom 119
The Problem of Community in African-American Religious Experience 119
The Church in Black Theology 128
Toward an African-American Ecclesiology 134
7 The Last Shall Be First 141
History and Hope in African-American Experience 142
Eschatology in Black Theology 147
History, Hope, and Freedom 152
Notes 155
Index 173
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