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God of the OppressedBeration Cone relates the gospel message to the experience of the black community But a wider theme of the book is the role that social and historical context plays in framing the uestions we address to God as well as the mode of the answers provided Revised including a new introduction by Cone. This man's a radical

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Can definitions of theology James Cone went back to his experience of the black church in Bearden Arkansas the tradition of the Spirituals and black folklore and the black history of struggle and survival to construct a new approach to the gospel In his reflections on God Jesus suffering and li. I first learned about black liberation theology in theology class at seminary If I recall correctly we were reading a book on Christology and the author was analyzing all sorts of views of Christ from the ancient debates between people like Arius and Athanasius to contemporary discussions including feminists Latin American theologians and black liberation theologians I still have that book on my shelf and would like to peruse it again just because I kept thinking about it as I read this work by Cone As I have learned over and over in my life there is a large difference between reading about someone and reading what that person has to say just like talking about vs talking toCone grounds his theology in black experience What is interesting is that what I learned in seminary was they said just theology while people like Cone do black liberation theology Implied in this is that some of us are unbiased just doing pure theology while others bring their biases in What Cone emphasizes and he is right is that none of us are unbiased He is very clear that his theology comes out of his experience as a black Christian man What of us white people need to realize and admit is that our theology is driven by our white biases and presuppositionsCone argues that the Bible presents God as primarily a God of liberation This is seen in the story of Exodus right on through Jesus Any theology that does not emphasize God as liberator of the weak and oppressed falls short Thus Cone is critical of much dispassionate theology through the ages that seems to float above the life lived in the real world Critical he may be he is not axe grinding critical uick to point out flaws he also knows the theology he is criticizing This is why any Christian pastor or theologian needs to read Cone he is a great theologian He is great but his work is uncomfortable to read But such discomfort is necessary Those of us who live in comfort of our privilege need to be discomforted often One other thing I appreciated about Cone's work and one huge reason his work is so important is how he described the black church as not interested in so many debates white churches have For example things like creation evolution or Calvinism Arminianism do not play a huge role in the black church He says those are debates people have who are comfortable and not needing to fight for liberation The oppressed do not need to worry about how God created they need to know if God cares about them in their plight For Cone there is no divide between theology and ethics; true theology gets into the real world and makes it betterThe one place I would want to uestion Cone is where he notes that Christian teaching on non violence arises out of the theology of oppressors In other words white people in America used violence to get power and now preach non violence to oppressed black people in order to keep our power Perhaps this is true of America but what about the early Anabaptists People like Menno Simons faced persecution from Catholics and Lutherans during the Reformation There is a tradition of nonviolence that goes back uite far I am sure Cone knows that so I am curious how it fits into his critiueOverall I highly recommend this book

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CHARACTERS é God of the Oppressed ´ [PDF / Epub] ☀ God of the Oppressed ✍ James H. Cone – God of the Oppressed remains a landmark in the development of Black Theology—the first effort to present a systematic theology drawing fully on the resources of African American religion and culture God of the OppressedGod of the Oppressed remains a landmark in the development of Black Theology the first effort to present a systematic theology drawing fully on the resources of African American religion and culture God of PDFEPUBResponding to the criticism that his previous books drew too heavily on Euro Ameri. Every white self professed theologian and pastor who continues to preach or speak about anything other than struggle with and the liberation for the oppressed has strayed tremendously from the Gospel and in the words of brother Cone it is blasphemyCone is systematic in his deconstruction of white theology and its relationship with the status uo government law color A revolutionary thinker that still speaks and reaches the racial tensions we are undergoing today Predominantly white churches should consider implementing this work into their communities as an interruption to white spaces and white noise in order to hear the voices they oppress and suppress daily White people must forsake their metaphysical theologies and wrestle with their whiteness and the Gospel before them Cone writes When whites undergo the true experience of conversion where in they die to their whiteness and are reborn anew in order to struggle against white oppression and for the liberation of the oppressed there is a place for them in the black struggle of freedom Here reconciliation becomes God's gift of blackness through the oppressed of the land But it must be made absolutely clear that it is the black community that decides both the authenticity of white conversion and also the place these converts will play in the black struggle of freedom The converts can have nothing to say about the validity of their conversion experience or what is best for the community or their place in it except as permitted by the oppressed of the community itselfAs a white person this book was an event in my whiteness an encounter with a new truth This truth was a liberating event a divine happening Very few books have challenged me in this way I can no longer workout a theology in abstract and theoretical jargon God is grounded in being in the human being that struggles for liberation Will I risk this body this voice this color to speak out against white oppressors Or will I just hit play on Mackle's White Privilege II song and continue to nod my head