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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

Black Faith and Public Talk
Paperback, 262 pages $29.95
Published: 1st July 2007
ISBN: 9781602580138
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Ethics , All Religious Studies, All Theology, Contemporary Theology

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

Dwight N. Hopkins (Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary, New York and Ph.D. University of Cape Town, South Africa) is Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, University of Chicago.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 262 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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