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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (February 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433511479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433511479
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Bible Professor in Residence, New Canaan Baptist Church

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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Anthony B. Bradley, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King's College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America; Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development; The Political Economy of Liberation: Thomas Sowell and James Cone on the Black Experience; and editor of Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals, including: the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, and World Magazine.

Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues and has appeared on NPR, CNN/Headline News, Fox News and Court TV Radio, among others. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, hip hop, youth culture, issues among African Americans, the American family, welfare, education, and modern international forms of social injustice, slavery, and oppression. From 2005-2009, Dr. Bradley was Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he also directed the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute.

Dr. Bradley holds Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary; and holds an M.A. in Ethics and Society from Fordham University.

Customer Reviews

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womenfor Christ
Sure, Bradley says that victimology perpetuates the problem, yet he doesn't give sufficient evidence to prove it.
Wesley Walker
Great understanding of the subject matter and excellent analysis.
R. Greer

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By T. Brockman on June 10, 2010
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The Bible is about Jesus Christ. This is the historical, orthodox view. As Luke 24:27 tells us, it was also the view of Jesus, "Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." The Bible then, is to be read and understood through that lens - it is centrally about the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. This however is not the view of Black Liberation Theology.

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.

Strengths:
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.

Weaknesses:
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.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Moody on September 11, 2010
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I had seen this author on a news commentary show, and the subject seemed so interesting. Being a conservative white (although married to a conservative black) this thinking of Black Liberation Theology seemed so foreign to me - I just wanted to understand the logic behind it. The author does a great job of explaining BLT and why it is not in agreement to Scripture. Although full of reference, I didn't find the book difficult to read. I still don't agree with BLT by any means, but at least I now understand the thinking behind the theology and why so many choose to be a "victim".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur on July 22, 2013
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Wow... as an aspiring member of the African-American clergy this critique helps me see where I need to focus. It exposes the flaws in liberation theology at the presuppositions level and then provides a remedy to fix it. Amazing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Greer on September 9, 2010
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Great understanding of the subject matter and excellent analysis. A must read for anyone interested in effectively dealing with or combating this heresy that has overtaken the "African-American" church. My only criticism would be that it is a bit too "academic" in a number of places, which I think may lose or discourage diligence among none academics. Excellent book overall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on June 24, 2012
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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 Wright.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Sunde on October 14, 2010
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The first time I heard Reverend Jeremiah Wright yell, "God damn America!" I was eating breakfast with complete strangers. My college choir was touring the Midwest and each night we would stay with local volunteer families. There I was, sipping coffee with my host family, when the now-infamous clip of Rev. Wright's sermon began to play on the morning news.

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.
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