Prophetic Fragments

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1988 - Religion - 294 pages
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The crisis of religion in America, says Cornel West, is profound and pervasive: profound in that it deepens as Americans turn more desperately toward religion; pervasive in that it affects every form of religion in America, from Christianity to Buddhism, from reform Judaism to Islam. The rise of the religious right, the decline of liberal Christianity, and the challenge of liberation theology are all symptoms of this crisis.

In this book Cornel West explores the landscape of this crisis in essays, articles, reviews, and even fiction. The selections outline the contours of a "principled prophetism" -- a prophetic religion that incorporates the best of modernity and secularity (tolerance, fallibilism, criticism), yet brings prophetic critique to bear upon the idols of modernity and secularity (science, technology, and wealth).

Touching on various aspects of Christian thought and action in our post-modern times, the essays in this book are informed by a revolutionary Christian vision that is so often absent from American religious life. They display the intellectual rigor that has made Cornel West a highly respected author and thinker -- one who is not only a perceptive surveyor of contemporary Christian thought, but also a gifted shaper of that thought.

 

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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 (1988)

Cornel West is professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. A self-styled "intellectual freedom fighter," he has written several noted books, including Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

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