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A Black Theology of Liberation (Ethics and Society) Paperback – November 1, 1990
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He wrote in the Preface to this 1970 book, "It is my contention that Christianity is essentially a religion of liberation... Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in the society is not Christ's message... Christian theology must become Black Theology, a theology that is unreservedly identified with the goals of the oppressed community and seeking to interpret the divine character of their struggle for liberation."
For Cone, the role of Black Theology is to tell black people to focus on their own self-determination as a community by preparing to do anything which the community believes to be necessary for its existence. (Pg. 41) Black Theology "rejects the tendency of classical Christianity to appeal to divine providence." (Pg. 44) Black Theology is only concerned with that tradition of Christianity "which is usable in the black liberation struggle." (Pg. 74)
He argues that the wrath of God is the love of God in regard to "the forces against his liberation of the oppressed." (Pg. 133) Moreover, Black Theology is suspicious of people who appeal to a universal, ideal humanity, because "the oppressors are ardent lovers of humanity." (Pg. 156)
Cone's book is more than 40 years old; but while some of its tone may seem to have been a "product of its time," other insights are still a piercing as they were in 1970.
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This was a tough read for awhile guy. But very glad I invested the time. I was challenged and stretched. Did not agree with all the Dr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by philip stevenson
Great book! We need more books and theologians like this who are willing to apologize when they're wrong. Dr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matthew D. Patten
Racist diatribe that is Black Muslim hate philosophy, thinly veneered as a "Christian" perspective.Basically,Mr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Protestant guy
This is, I think, possibly the most significant theology text of the twentieth century. Here Cone deftly exposes white supremacy as a theological problem that is a threat to God's... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amaryah S. Jones-Armstrong
Dr. Cone offers a theological point of view that challenges theologians who have been trained to see Christ through a euro-centric lens. Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. L. Jackson