Is God a White Racist?: A Preamble to Black Theology

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Beacon Press, 1973 - Religion - 259 pages
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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 belief in an omnibenevolent God who has dominion over human history—can provide an adequate theological foundation to effectively dismantle the economic, social, and political framework of oppression.

Seeing divine benevolence as part of oppression's mechanism of disguise, Jones argues that black liberation theologians must adopt a new theism that is informed by humanism and its principle of the functional ultimacy of wo/man, where human choice and action determine whether our condition is slavery or freedom.

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Contents

A Philosophical and Theo
3
White GodBlack Protest
24
Should a Priest Call a Doctor? Theodicy
40
Divine Racism and Theological Method
61
The Unacknowledged
71
Blacks as Gods Suf
79
God Champion of the
98
God A Black Soul Brother
121
Liberation
145
Toward a Prolegomenon to Black Theology
169
A Theistic Frame
185
EPILOGUE
203
NOTES
215
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
251
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About the author (1973)

Jones is professor of African-American studies and religion at Florida State University

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