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9780807010334

Is God A White Racist? A Preamble to Black Theology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807010334

  • ISBN10:

    0807010332

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-11-30
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Summary

Published originally as part of C. Eric Lincoln's series on the black religious experience,Is God a White Racist?is a landmark critique of the black church's treatment of evil and the nature of suffering. In this powerful examination of the early liberation methodology of James Cone, J. Deotis Roberts, and Joseph Washington, among others, Jones questions whether their foundation for black Christian theismthe belief in an omnibenevolent God who has dominion over human historycan provide an adequate theological foundation to effectively dismantle the economic, social, and political framework of oppression. Seeing divine benevolence as part of oppression's mechanism of disguise, Jones argues that black liberation theologians must adopt a new theism that is informed by humanism and its principle of the functional ultimacy of wo/man, where human choice and action determine whether our condition is slavery or freedom.

Author Biography

William R. Jones (1933-2012) was a professor of religion and director of black studies at Florida State University. A well-known and respected African American theologian and scholar, he was the author of the groundbreaking book Is God A White Racist?, a deep and profound look at the connections between natural evil and social oppression.

Table of Contents

PREFACE ix(10)
PROLOGUE xix(2)
INTRODUCTION xxi
PART I. An Overview of Divine Racism 3(68)
I. Divine Racism: A Philosophical and Theological Analysis
3(21)
II. White God-Black Protest
24(16)
III. Should a Priest Call a Doctor? Theodicy, Oppression, and Quietism
40(21)
IV. Divine Racism and Theological Method
61(10)
PART II. Black Suffering and Black Theology: An Internal Critique 71(98)
V. Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology
71(8)
VI. Joseph Washington: Blacks as God's Suffering Servant
79(19)
VII. James Cone: God, Champion of the Oppressed
98(23)
VIII. Albert Cleage: God, A Black Soul Brother
121(11)
IX. Major Jones: Man, Cosufferer with God
132(13)
X. J. Deotis Roberts: A Psychology of Black Liberation
145(24)
PART III. Toward a Black Theodicy for Today 169(34)
XI. Toward a Prolegomenon to Black Theology
169(16)
XII. Humanocentric Theism: A Theistic Framework for Ethnic Suffering
185(18)
EPILOGUE 203(2)
AFTERWORD 205(10)
NOTES 215(36)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 251(2)
INDEX 253

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