[Sayma-Discuss] Black Liberation Theology on "Fresh Air"

Free Polazzo freepolazzo at comcast.net
Mon Mar 31 20:02:41 EDT 2008

Dear Friends,

I recommend to you the Fresh Air NPR show's 
current topic of "Black Liberation Theology".

Listin at:     http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89236116


Free Polazzo
Douglasville, GA
email: freepolazzo at comcast.net
phone: 770-949-1707 (H)

Black Liberation Theology, in its Founder's Words

James Cone

James Cone: Black liberation theologian says the 
overriding message of Old Testament prophets  
and Jesus Christ  is "a condemnation of the 
nation and of the religious [establishment] ... 
for oppressing the poor." Courtesy Union Theological Seminary

Air from WHYY, March 31, 2008  The Rev. James 
Cone is the founder of black liberation theology. 
In an interview with Terry Gross, Cone explains 
the movement, which has roots in 1960s 
civil-rights activism and draws inspiration from 
both the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm 
X, as "mainly a theology that sees God as 
concerned with the poor and the weak."

Cone also comments on controversial remarks made 
by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's 
former minister and a black liberation theology proponent.

now-famous 2003 sermon, Wright charged that an 
ingrained, abiding racism in American society is 
at fault for many of the troubles 
African-Americans face, and he thundered, "No, 
no, no, not God bless America! God damn America  
that's in the Bible  for killing innocent people."

Cone explains that at the core of black 
liberation theology is an effort  in a 
white-dominated society, in which black has been 
defined as evil  to make the gospel relevant to 
the life and struggles of American blacks, and to 
help black people learn to love themselves. It's 
an attempt, he says "to teach people how to be 
both unapologetically black and Christian at the same time."

Cone's books include Black Theology and Black 
Power, God of the Oppressed, and Risks of Faith. 
He teaches at Manhattan's 
Theological Seminary.


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