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Black Theology, Slavery and Contemporary Christianity: 200 Years and No Apology

Black Theology, Slavery and Contemporary Christianity: 200 Years and No Apology

by Anthony G. Reddie (Editor)


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Black Theology, Slavery and Contemporary Christianity explores the legacy of slavery in Black theological terms. Challenging the dominant approaches to the history and legacy of slavery in the British Empire, the contributors show that although the 1807 act abolished the slave trade, it did not end racism, notions of White supremacy, or the demonization of Blackness, Black people and Africa. This interdisciplinary study draws on biblical studies, history, missiology and Black theological reflection, exploring the strengths and limitations of faith as the framework for abolitionist rhetoric and action. This Black theological approach to the phenomenon of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the institution of slavery draws on contributions from Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

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ISBN-13: 9781138279148
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/16/2016
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.19(h) x (d)

About the Author

Anthony G. Reddie is a Research Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. He has a BA in History and a PhD in Education (with Theology), both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 50 essays and articles on Black theology and Christian education in Britain. He is the author and editor of 12 books. His more recent titles include Dramatizing Theologies (2006), Black Theology in Transatlantic Dialogue (2006), Black Theology in Britain: A Reader (co-edited with Michael N. Jagessar, 2007), Working Against The Grain (2008) and Is God Colour Blind? (2009). He is the co-editor of the 'Cross Cultural Theologies' book series for Equinox and editor of Black Theology: An International Journal.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I Slavery and Biblical Hermeneutics: But it's in the text! Slavery, the Bible and the African diaspora, Randall C. Bailey; Was Paul an arch-advocate of slavery or a liberator?, Mukti Barton; Buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals (Amos 8:6): the fit between capitalism and slavery as seen through the hermeneutic of the 8th century prophet Amos, David Isiorho; A resistant biblical hermeneutic within the Caribbean, Oral Thomas; Unending the Bible: the Book of Revelation through the optics of Anancy and Rastafari, Michael N. Jagessar. Part II Slavery, Colonialism and Black Subjugation: 'Children of a lesser God': the American Board Mission's ordination policy in South Africa, Daryl M. Balia; Necessary remembrance: towards a White British biblical hermeneutic in the aftermath of the mass enslavement of Africans, John M. Campbell; A legacy of slavery—Black with the slaves or Mulatto with the slavers? An English Jamaican theological reflection on the trajectories of 'mixed race' categories, Caroline Redfearn. Part III Slavery and Contemporary Experience Through the Lens of Black Theological Reflection: Faith and the gallows: the cost of liberation, Delroy A. Reid-Salmon; Re-reading slave writing through the lens of Black theology, Carol Troupe; Whither Africa?: reflections on current day Africa in light of slavery, George Wauchope; Divining sisters: reflections on an experience if divination by a priestess of the Ausar Auset Society, Marjorie Lewis; Politics of Black entry into Britain: reflections on being a Black British person returning to the UK, Anthony G. Reddie; Index.

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