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Black Faith and Public Talk
Critical Essays on James H. Cone's Black Theology and Black Power
Edited by Dwight N. Hopkins
When Cone wrote Black Theology and Black Power, he signaled to the world that the American black faith tradition would no longer recognize the confines of the church walls as the extent of its purview in society. Cone liberated the Gospel of Christ from its institutionalized forms, unhinging it from oppressive and racist power structures in American society and releasing it to do its work in the public sphere. Black Faith and Public Talk continues Cone’s theme of power in the public realm and examines the economic, political, cultural, gender, and theological implications of black faith and black theology.
Introduction: Black Faith and Public Talk, Dwight N. Hopkins
Part I: Black Faith and Religious Themes
1. Black Theology and Human Identity, Cornel West
2. The Black Church and Religious Freedom, Stephen L. Carter
3. African American Thought: The Discovery of Fragments, David Tracy
Part II: Black Faith and Prophetic Faith Communities
4. Black Theology on Theological Education, Dwight N. Hopkins
5. Racism and the Church: An Inquiry into the Contradictions between Experience, Doctrine, and Theological Theory, Jamie. T Phelps
6. Black Leadership, Faith, and the Struggle for Freedom, Manning Marble
7. Black Theology and the Parish Ministry, J. Alfred Smith, Sr.
8. An Underground Theology, Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
Part III: Black Faith and Women
9. Searching for Paradise in a World of Theme Parks, Emilie M. Townes
10. Servanthood Revisited: Womanist Explorations of Servanthood Theology, Jacquelyn Grant
11. Disrupted/Disruptive Movements: Black Theology and Black Power 1969/1999, Renée Leslie Hill
12. Reimagining Public Discourse, Rebecca S. Chopp
Part IV: Black Faith and the Third World
13. Liberation Theology and African Women's Theologies, Rosemary Radford Ruether
14. Emancipatory Christianity, Linda E. Thomas
15. Black Latin American Theology: A New Way to Sense, to Feel, and to Speak of God, Silvia Regina de Lima Silva
Part V: Black Faith, James H. Cone, and the Future of Black Theology
16. Race and Civil Society: A Democratic Conversation, Jean Bethke Elshtain and Christopher Beem
17. Comparing the Public Theologies of James H. Cone and Martin Luther King, Jr., Peter J. Paris
18. Black Theology at the Turn of the Century: Some Unmet Needs and Challenges, Gayraud S. Wilmore
19. Looking Back, Going Forward: Black Theology as Public Talk, James H. Cone
Black Faith and Public Talk is another important step in the maturation of black theology as an academic and ecclesiastical enterprise.
—Lewis V. Baldwin, Vanderbilt University
This volume continues Cone's challenge to the appalling silence of American religion and theology on the problems of racism and injustice. Hopkins demonstrates the relevance of black theology to public discourse as well as black theology's intersection with numerous intellectual traditions that exhibit a similar interest in the fulfillment of human being.
—Frederick L. Ware, Assistant Professor of Theology, Howard University School of Divinity