Archive for : May, 2011
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  By Dan Crow We all know of a Deante, even if we don’t really know a “Deante.” We see “Deantes” in movies, read about them in books and magazines and see their stories on the news or TV dramas. And it is always the same: Deante has a dilemma. A real one. A dilemma occurs when one is faced with making a choice that has no positive outcome. When facing a dilemma, there may be more than one choice, […]

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  By Bob Allen ATLANTA (ABP) — The American Civil War led Baptists in the South to forsake their historic commitment to the separation of church and state and embrace Christian nationalism, the head of a Baptist history organization says on a new website. Bruce Gourley, executive director of the Baptist History and Heritage Society, says the Civil War challenged Baptist convictions that had been hard won by a persecuted minority fighting for religious freedom in Europe and Colonial America. Defending slavery […]

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God of the Oppressed, James Cone, Briggs Prof. of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary (Orbis Books 1997) In his reflections on God, Jesus, suffering, and liberation, James H. Cone relates the gospel message to the experience of the black community. But a wider theme of the book is the role that social and historical context plays in framing the questions we address to God as well as the mode of the answers provided. As presented on www.amazon.com.

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Is God A White Racist? A Preamble to Black Theology,  William Jones (Prof. of Religion Florida St. Univ.) 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 theism—the […]

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Divided by Faith, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith (Oxford University Press, 2001) Divided by Faith by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith has an ingenious, troubling argument. “[E]vangelicals desire to end racial division and inequality, and attempt to think and act accordingly. But, in the process, they likely do more to perpetuate the racial divide than they do to tear it down.” Emerson and Smith, who conducted 2,000 telephone surveys and 200 face-to-face interviews in preparing this book, argue that evangelicals […]

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Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity, Edward Gilbreath (Ed. Urban Ministries & Christianity Today) Journalist Edward Gilbreath gives an insightful, honest picture of both the history and the present state of racial reconciliation in evangelical churches. He looks at a wide range of figures, such as Howard O. Jones, Tom Skinner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson and John Perkins. Charting progress as well as setbacks, his words offer encouragement for black evangelicals feeling alone, […]

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Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman (d.81 Dean Marsh Chapel Boston Univ., Chair H. Thurman Ed. Trust) In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900-1981), the first black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and cofounder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California, the first inter-racially copastored church in America, demonstrates how the Gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. […]

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Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness, John L. Jackson, Jr. (Perry Prof. of Comm. & Anthrop. Univ. of Penn.) In this era of political correctness, racism has became more subtle and perhaps more subversively dangerous than ever before. So argues Jackson in this thought-provoking, scholarly examination of the ambiguous sense of racial distrust that infects both blacks and whites in contemporary America. Terming the new reality of race in mainstream America racial paranoia, he analyzes the origins, the […]

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By Norman Jameson ATLANTA (ABP) — Two men who have been in the fray a long time believe race relations have improved in the U.S. 150 years after the start of the Civil War — at least enough to justify encouragement. Carroll Baltimore, president of the 2-million member Progressive National Baptist Convention, is committed to cultural diversity and appointed a commission on race relations. (Photo by Norman Jameson) Carroll Baltimore, president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention grew up using […]

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