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Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America Paperback – February 28, 2010
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"Anthony Bradley's analysis of black liberation theology is by far the best thing that I have read on the subject. Anthony's book is comprehensive and in-depth. He covers all of the bases, and thereby provides the reader with all of the information that he needs to understand the critical issues involved with black liberation theology. By covering such figures as James Cone, Cornell West, and Jeremiah Wright, we see all of the nuances involved with their approaches to the subject. His explanation of victimology, Marxism, and aberrant Christian doctrine make a noxious mix of ideas that would make any true Christian wary of anything even approaching black liberation theology. His keen insight into these ideas and his clarity of writing make this book a jewel. Anthony has done the Christian community a great service by writing this book. There was a significant need for a work of this type and its arrival is long overdue."
—Craig Vincent Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"I have read a number of books which purport to explain, define, or critique black liberation theology, but Liberating Black Theology is the easiest to understand. This is because Dr. Bradley unapologetically maintains a biblical, orthodox perspective while being sympathetic to the issues and concerns of black liberation theologians. The book should be required reading for any seminary class on biblical interpretation and for seminary students and pastors interested in understanding the history and struggles of the black church in America."
—Wy Plummer, African American Ministries Coordinator, Mission to North America, Presbyterian Church in America
"With irenic tone Bradley reveals the theological justification of racial separation inherent within the victimization philosophy of both first generation and second generation black theology. His analysis demonstrates how the vision of Cone and his intellectual offspring contributes to rather than resolves DuBois' problem of the twentieth (now twenty-first!) century."
—Eric C. Redmond, Assistant Professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute; Pastor of Adult Ministries, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois
About the Author
Anthony B. Bradley (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of theology and ethics at The King's College. He also serves as a Research Fellow for the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and is a sought-after commentator on current issues for major broadcast media such as NPR and CNN/Headline News.
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Top Customer Reviews
According to Black Liberation Theology, the central interpretive lens through which the Bible is read and understood is... well, maybe you should just read the book and find out!
Because most readers will be unfamiliar with Black Liberation Theology, I would rate this book as an "Intermediate" level read.
A helpful introduction to Black Liberation Theology. Bradley's primary focus is on the work of James Cone and Cornel West. Bradley works hard at fairly, respectfully, and accurately representing their views. He is also sympathetic to the historical context that influenced their work, particularly that of Cone, even though in the end Bradley disagrees with the approach of Cone and West to God and Scripture. 5 stars in terms of a very helpful, respectful introduction, and critique of Black Liberation Theology from the perspective of an orthodox Christian scholar.
The book needed a better editor. Since many readers will be unfamiliar with Black Liberation Theology each page feels like you are taking in new information (which certainly makes for an enjoyable reading experience). However, it requires some effort and an editor with a better understanding of the potential audience could have served this work better. Minus 1 star for this reason.
I recommend the book.Read more ›
A bit of awkwardness set in, but it was eventually relieved by the mother, who let out a modest laugh and simply said, "Well...that was interesting."
It was the spring before the 2008 election, and that replay of Rev. Wright's sermon was certainly not the last. But throughout the entire media hubbub that followed, I couldn't help but think back to that mother's reaction.
What did most Americans really think of all this? What was it about Rev. Wright's sermon that so thoroughly enraged them? Did it have to do with his core religious beliefs, or was it merely his insult to America? Did they outright dismiss Rev. Wright as a fringe radical, or did they understand that his belief system held prominence in some circles?
For those whose education in black liberation theology ended with media sound bites, theologian Anthony Bradley's new book, Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America, will sufficiently fill in the gaps.
For Bradley, however, the Obama-Wright controversy serves only as a window into the realm of black liberation theology. Without it, most Americans, including most blacks, would be unaware that such theology even exists. Therefore, Bradley's book is not about politics, nor is it even about Rev. Wright. Instead, it focuses wholly on the actual theology -- its history, its anthropology, and its overall implications.Read more ›
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It was bound to happen. It was Black History Month, I had just gone to a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service, and then attended my quarterly Presbytery meeting where my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Philliber
Great book, so far this author has gone to great lengths to reveal how easy it is for us to be manipulated into believing anything that fits our comfort zone!Published 10 months ago by Clarence Phillips
Awesome!! May be the most informative book I have read on the subject. great analysis and documentation supporting the author's assertions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. M. Aiken
My book club and I will love reading this book. Thanks for sending it in a timely manner.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I recently just finished Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America by Anthony B. Bradley. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am looking forward to reading this book. My preview indicates that it is just what I need for my dissertation as a source. It will definitely be in my bibliography.Published on January 18, 2013 by Ira
I often wondered what "black liberation" theology was and this book explained it very well. The book details its origin and what it means in today's context including Jeremiah... Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by Book Lover