Black Theology for Black History Month Pt 3

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

In honor of black history month I have been posting excerpts from one of my papers on black theology. Here is installment 3. Two more to go and then maybe we can talk about what it means to be black in America in the 21st century:

The Black Hermeneutical school’s emphasis on scripture and revelation make black theology more than just a human project but one that is also divine. The valuing of scripture is necessary for black theology to be a truly Christian theology. This is because scripture is the “Primary source of theological language and determines how other sources are used in black theology”1 This valuing of scripture also gives black theology its necessary emphasis on liberation as it can be seen in the pages of the Bible through the Exodus stories and the life of Jesus Christ. The source of revelation gives black theology a way to identify what God is doing among African Americans today. This is because revelation is not just a past memory but is a present reality in Jesus Christ and what he is doing to liberate those who are oppressed. This is definitely something that needs to be explored further considering the huge popularity of hip hop music with both its positive and negative aspects as well as the recent election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president.

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