Black Theology And Black Power Analysis

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Immediately to “Black Theology and Black Power”, Cone writes and publishes “A Black Theology of Liberation”. There, he reflects his deep commitment to the black struggle for justice from the perspective of Christian theology, which helps African American to recognize that the gospel of Jesus is not only consistent with their struggle for liberation but has a meaning central to the twentieth century America.
“Racism is a disease that perverts human sensitivity and distorts the intellect”. He accuses white theology of being racist and using this as a theological justification of the status quo. Here, Cone admits that his style of doing theology is more influenced by Malcolm X than for Martin Luther King, Jr. he recognized - as it appears in
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That matures his thinking as Hans Kung says: “in theology… must learn to learn”
Cone sees the theological task as the application of the liberating power of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the black which is under white oppression.
He claims that the tension between integration and separatist nationalism, or Martin and Malcolm, between Christianity and Blackness, Black Theology is created, and it is through them that can articulate its theological voice, articulate the black anger against racism, against the churches that are folded, against white churches, and against white theology.
His theological method is then characterized by: an analysis of the history, a critical analysis of his context, the tension between the prevailing thoughts of the time, then adds a critical analysis of other contextual theologies and critical analysis of social and economic
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Therefore, truth stands only for a period of time, changing according to the moment of the history, or according to the context in which the poor or oppressed lives. This is the first moment of the method, to know this truth through the reflection upon the meaning of God in solidarity with the poor and oppressed.
There is a second moment and is the use of the social analysis, which unmask untruth in order to the truth can be clearly see it. Marxism used, not as the white European and white American understand it but as it understood among the oppressed, as an understanding of their socio-economic situation. Social sciences are not used without religious-cultural analyses.
A third moment comes from the second which lead to a political commitment, creating a new hermeneutic where, in the reading of the bible, this becomes a living book that tells the story of God’s dealing with His people.
The meaning of the gospel would be a fourth moment. This gospel must be shared respecting the customs and culture of the people. It is to embed truth in the stories, dances, sermons, paintings, songs and sayings of the people.
He recognizes that time he has had in doing theology, his method, is not enough developed and still is in progress.
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