James Cone 's Theory Of Theology Essay

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James Cone’s significance in the history of twentieth-century theology is usually characterized according to his programmatic role in defining early black theology. Cone is associated with the “classical” moment in black theology’s dissident articulation which led to disciplinary recognition, and generated traditions of criticism and elaboration. This line of characterization that emphasizes Cone’s role in classical black theology is no doubt uniquely important in the history of modern theology, just as his work in black theology must be appreciated as marking a seminal interpretation of liberation theology in the United States context. What these points of emphasis can understate, however, is Cone’s significance in terms of his innovations within modern systematic theology. One channel to appreciate Cone the systematician is through eschatology, perhaps his single most generative doctrine. In his first book, Black Theology & Black Power, Cone’s theological creativity is on display as he identifies the soteriological theme of liberation with the doctrine of revelation. I want to attend to this move, specifically as it has to do with a critical appropriation of dialectical theology’s doctrine of revelation. Cone’s identification of liberation and revelation makes it possible to render blackness as the mode of God’s presence in the world; or, God’s otherness from the world is coordinated with the suffering and emancipation of black people. As a way of bringing into relief…

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