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review A Black Theology of Liberation Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in a society is not Christ's message Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is not Christian theologyWith the publication of his two early works Black Theology Black Power 1969K community in North America Forty years later after its first publication his work retains its original power enhanced now by reflections on the evolution of his own thinking and of black theology and on the needs of the present momentOffers a radical reappraisal of Christianity from the perspective of an oppressed Black North American communit. Incendiary Cone pulls no punches His thesis is that a theology that doesn't deal directly with white oppression of blacks in America is not a theology worth considering A God who doesn't stand with and for oppressed blacks against white oppressors must be killed A Jesus who is not black and for black liberation is not Christ Cone refuses to accept theology as a strictly academic discipline arguing at every step that the only measure of worth for a black theology is whether it dismantles racist societal and political structures and frees blacks from oppression by whatever means necessary The tone of this work is angry and rightfully so Cone systematically dismantles traditional theology for its white supremacist worldviews and builds his theology from the ground up refusing to accept criticism from white theologians His writing is aflame with righteous fire his theology clearly explicated Racism is his main concern and for him a theology that doesn't deal substantively with the very real problem and effects of racism in black lives is not Christian He has been criticized for shallow theology among other issues most of which he addresses in the preface to this new edition some 20 years after the initial publication This edition also has commentaries by some leading theologians as to the ongoing significance challenges and opportunities of black theology and Cone's original ideas This book serves as a shot across the bow than as a deep and nuanced theological exploration But what a shotConfronting and uncomfortable but less so for Cone's merciless evisceration of racism and white Christian enabling than for the ugly mirror it holds up to society Christianity and white oppression

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Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in a society is not Christ's message Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is not Christian theologyWith the publication of his two early works Black Theology Black Power 1969 and A Black Theology of Liberation 1970 James Cone emerged as one of the most creative. Cone’s theological learning is superficial lacks scriptural support and is ultimately self defeating He proof uotes Barth Tillich and Bultmann but demonstrates little engagement of their or other writings Cone rather employs their hermeneutics insofar as they achieve his political ends I think Cone uoted scripture five times in the entire work His own view of scripture sees it as a manual for social organization Cone’s main premise in the treatise is that God is one who fundamentally identifies with the “oppressed community” and that only the oppressed can truly know God This precludes whites as oppressors from knowing anything about God or self or the other Thus for Cone white people are outside of Christianity and of being able to make truth claims Cone goes so far as to say that whites should not be reasoned with but ignored God identifies with the oppressed thus salvation is social liberation salvation and material elevation one can see the origins of prosperity gospel However the tragedy of Cone’s theology lies with his claim that only the oppressed can know God or claim to be savedChristians for what happens ifwhen black people finally become liberated They would no longer be the community of the oppressed and thus they would no longer be able to identify with or know God Thus Cone’s theology of “liberation” ironically reuires blacks to remain oppressed forever

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A Black Theology of LiberationAnd provocative theological voices in North America These books which offered a searing indictment of white theology and society introduced a radical reappraisal of the Christian message for our timeHere combining the visions of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr Cone radically reappraises Christianity from the perspective of the oppressed blac. Where do I start This is a book I've needed in my life and I am angry at myself for not seeking this out 20 years ago It is necessary at this point in my life and for that I give thanks Cone's work is terrifying and beautiful It grates at me at times because I need to check my whiteness It is beautiful to the point of making me weep To be the Church is to set the captive free That is so much than saving their soul It is to work toward liberation and always have our eyes on those needing to be set freeIt is also to oppose the systems of injustice Cone does not let up the entire way through this book The only gospel is a black gospel and that is the gospel that will truly set people free Enough of sitting comfortably and wondering if God actually exists Enough of my white angst because I didn't understand something at church or I am mad they didn't meet MY needs Enough It is time to believe the gospel and work to set people free It is time to believe the gospel and set my face against oppressive systems I am grateful for this work of James Cone