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Click for more detail about Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody: The Making of a Black Theologian by James Cone Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody: The Making of a Black Theologian

by James Cone
Orbis Books (Oct 18, 2018)
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"As Martin Luther King said, we must learn to live together as human beings, treating each other with dignity and respect, or we will perish together as fools. There is no other choice. I choose life."

James H. Cone is widely recognized as the founder of Black Liberation Theology— a synthesis of the Gospel message embodied by Martin Luther King, Jr., and the spirit of Black pride embodied by Malcolm X. Prompted by the Detroit riots and the death of King, Cone, a young theology professor, was impelled to write his first book, Black Theology and Black Power, followed by A Black Theology of Liberation. With these works he established himself as one of the most prophetic and challenging voices of our time.

In this powerful and passionate memoir— his final work— Cone describes the obstacles he overcame to find his voice, to respond to the signs of the times, and to offer a voice for those— like the parents who raised him in Bearden, Arkansas in the era of lynching and Jim Crow— who had no voice. Recounting lessons learned both from critics and students, and the ongoing challenge of his models King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin, he describes his efforts to use theology as a tool in the struggle against oppression and for a better world.


Click for more detail about Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies And The Justice Of God by Kelly Brown Douglas Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies And The Justice Of God

by Kelly Brown Douglas
Orbis Books (May 01, 2015)
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Click for more detail about The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone The Cross and the Lynching Tree

by James Cone
Orbis Books (Feb 21, 2013)
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The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of African Americans.


Click for more detail about Unfinished Business: Black Women, The Black Church, And The Struggle To Thrive In America by Keri Day Unfinished Business: Black Women, The Black Church, And The Struggle To Thrive In America

by Keri Day
Orbis Books (Sep 25, 2012)
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Day presents a striking portrayal of poverty, with all its related problems, among black women in this country unemployment, underemployment, isolation, and lack of assets such a car or home ownership. She turns to the black church as a potential agent of social change, indicating ways in which the black church can take up the equivalent of a Poor People s Campaign. She takes on the common stereotypes that castigate poor black women as morally problematic and dependent on the money of good tax-paying citizens, demonstrating their inaccuracy.

A specific concern Day addresses throughout is how to aid black women to develop assets that will prevent long-term poverty and allow them to thrive. In the words of Cornel West, This book is a pioneering and path-blazing work in Christian ethics that combines a sophisticated class-based notion of thriving with an asset-building approach of public policy for prophetic Christian praxis. Keri Day makes Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fanny Lou Hamer smile from the grave!

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Click for more detail about The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections On The Bible, The Church, And The Body Politic by Obery M. Hendricks, Jr The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections On The Bible, The Church, And The Body Politic

by Obery M. Hendricks, Jr
Orbis Books (Nov 01, 2011)
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In these passionate and wide-ranging essays Obery Hendricks offers a challenging engagement with spirituality, economics, politics, contemporary Christianity, and the abuses committed in its name. Among his themes: the gap between the spirituality of the church and the spirituality of Jesus; the ways in which contemporary versions of gospel music sensationalize today s churches into social and political irrelevance; how the economic principles and policies espoused by the religious right betray the most basic principles of the same biblical tradition they claim to hold dear; the domestication of Martin Luther King s message to foster a political complacency that dishonors King s sacrifices. He ends with a stinging rebuke of the religious right s idolatrous patriotism in a radical manifesto for those who would practice the politics of Jesus in the public sphere.


Click for more detail about The Cross And The Lynching Tree by James H. Cone The Cross And The Lynching Tree

by James H. Cone
Orbis Books (Sep 01, 2011)
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They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. Acts 10:39

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and black death, the cross symbolizes divine power and black life God overcoming the power of sin and death. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era.

In a work that spans social history, theology, and cultural studies, Cone explores the message of the spirituals and the power of the blues; the passion and of Emmet Till and the engaged vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.; he invokes the spirits of Billie Holliday and Langston Hughes, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ida B. Well, and the witness of black artists, writers, preachers, and fighters for justice. And he remembers the victims, especially the 5,000 who perished during the lynching period. Through their witness he contemplates the greatest challenge of any Christian theology to explain how life can be made meaningful in the face of death and injustice.

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Click for more detail about Troubling Biblical Waters: Race, Class, and Family (Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Studies in North American Black R) by Cain Hope Felder Troubling Biblical Waters: Race, Class, and Family (Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Studies in North American Black R)

by Cain Hope Felder
Orbis Books (Dec 01, 1990)
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A comprehensive and challenging look at the significance of the Bible for blacks, and the importance of blacks in the Bible. Timely . . . serious and creative.—The Catholic Journal.


Click for more detail about A Black Theology of Liberation (Ethics and Society) by James H. Cone A Black Theology of Liberation (Ethics and Society)

by James H. Cone
Orbis Books (Nov 01, 1990)
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First published in 1970, this book presents a searing indictment of white theology and society, while offering a radical reappraisal of Christianity from the perspective of an oppressed black North American community. Now 20 years later, Cone reviews the evolution of his own thinking, plus black theology in dialogue with feminist theory and third world theologies of liberation.




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