Prophetic Fragments

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1993 - Religion - 294 pages
"This collection of writings, drawn from a wide variety of sources, reveals the intellectual depth and breadth of the author. The articles include political commentary, cultural critique, literary analysis, extended book reviews, and even a short story by West. All of these are held together by a prophetic Afro-American Christian perspective. The value of this book is that it provides easy access to a significant selection of the author's corpus." --Religious Studies Review (October 1989) "This volume collects over 50 articles, book reviews, and addresses by a Union Seminary theologian . . . . The most eloquent pieces are those in which West explains and interprets his more personally felt tradition of Afro-American Protestantism." -- Library Journal
 

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Contents

Prophetic Christian as Organic
3
Religion and the Left
13
Religion Politics Language
22
A Black Socialist Christian Critique
30
The Prophetic Tradition in AfroAmerica
38
Contemporary AfroAmerican Social Thought
50
On Manning Marables How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black
64
AntiImperialist Struggle and Black Americans
74
Subversive Joy and Revolutionary Patience in Black
161
Postmodernity and AfroAmerica
168
In Memory of Marvin Gaye
174
On Fox and Learss The Culture of Consumption
188
Christian Theological Mediocrity
195
On Franz Hinkelammerts The Ideological Weapons of Death
203
On Harvey Coxs Religion in the Secular City
212
On Nicholas Lashs A Matter of Hope
222

On Stanley Aronowitzs The Crisis in Historical Materialism
82
On Mark Naisons Communists in Harlem During the Depression
90
Toward a Socialist Theory of Racism
97
On Visiting South Africa
109
A Christian
124
Left Strategies Today
137
Christian Realism as Religious Insights and Europeanist
144
Sex and Suicide
155
On Pascals Significance
234
On George Stroups The Promise of Narrative Theology
240
Winter in the West
246
Martin Luther as Prophet
257
Dispensing with Metaphysics in Religious Thought
267
The Crisis in Theological Education
273
Sing a Song
281
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Page 3 - I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Page 9 - In so far as Marx posited a metaphysical materialism, an ethical relativism, and a strangulating totalitarianism, I responded with an unambiguous "no"; but in so far as he pointed to weaknesses of traditional capitalism, contributed to the growth of a definite self-consciousness in the masses, and challenged the social conscience of the Christian churches, I responded with a definite "yes.
Page ii - Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

About the author (1993)

Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

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