James Cone Essay

1137 WordsMay 15, 20135 Pages
A Black Theology of Liberation By James H. Cone “Christian theology is a theology of liberation. It is a rational study of the being of God in the world in light of existential situations of an oppressed community, relating the forces of liberation to the essence of the gospel, which is Jesus Christ.” (pp. 1) James H. Cone stresses the idea that theology is not universal, but tied to specific historical contexts. In A Black Theology of Liberation James, Cone explains what Black theology is and uses the Exodus story, found in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus Christ, New Testament, to give examples of the oppression and liberation. Cone believes both stories are vital and necessary in understanding God and God’s relationship…show more content…
To be able to attain true freedom they must destroy all of their whiteness, become black, and try with every means possible to bring about the liberation of their new community. The oppression African Americans have felt through slavery and discrimination have made them God's chosen people, so understanding God and his will cannot be done independent of understanding their community. In fact, understanding the God of Black theology, the only true theology as Cone sees it, is not possible by white people as they are oppressors and it is not possible for them to understand the oppressed community and their condition or to understand the nature of God, as he is the God of the oppressed. In Cones discussion on Black theology he critique White theology, the theology of oppressors because even the historic Black church has been controlled by White theology and the wrongs of this theology must be shown and realized so that the true Black theology can be followed. Cone frames a theology of liberation from within the context of the Black experience of oppression, understanding the central core of the Gospels as Jesus' identification with the poor and oppressed and the resurrection as the ultimate act of liberation. In Chapter 6, Cone digs deep into the New Testament and uses the New Testament as evidence on Jesus relationship to the oppressed. James Cone believed that the New
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